ERIC Number: ED446397
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Saving Public Schools. Civic Bulletin Number 16.
Vallas, Paul G.
Overcoming decades of labor, financial and performance troubles, the Chicago school system has enjoyed improving test scores 3 consecutive years, rising attendance, and labor peace under a new contract balancing the budget. Despite some criticism, the Chicago system enjoys reform successes in six areas: (1) improved governance; (2) greater flexibility in resource allocation, work rules, and seniority requirements; (3) uniform high standards and expectations; (4) greater accountability systemwide; (5) expanded early support for children and mothers; and (6) willingness to consider varied unconventional policy options. The district is incrementally raising low minimum promotional standards, as at risk students are identified for support. Bilingual education became a transitional program, with some of the existing bilingual education resources shifting into foreign language programs. The insistence of reformers opposed to top-down solutions remains the primary obstacle to reform. The broader public supports a system that aids parents by offering safe schools and buildings, financial stability, and labor peace with substantially unchanged funding. (TEJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Manhattan Inst., New York, NY. Center for Civic Innovation.