CHICAGO’S CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE CHANGING LIVES
“Chicago’s charter high schools have led CPS in achieving the critical milestones of high school graduation and college enrollment and have led to an overall increase in district achievement among students with the highest needs.”
“Compared to the educational gains that charter students would have had in a traditional public school (TPS), the analysis shows on average that students in Illinois charter schools make larger learning gains in both reading and mathematics.”
“Expanding school choice at the high school level may be a part of an effective policy to reduce high school dropout rates and to promote college attendance.”
As of the 2017-18 school year, charter public schools in Chicago served nearly 54,000 students, or roughly 14% of public school students. 87% of charter school students in Chicago qualify for free or reduced price lunch, and 96% of charter school students are African-American or Hispanic. Students with disabilities make up 15% of charter school enrollment, compared to 14% in local district schools.