North Side High School Initiative – More Info
I got further info on this group. As you can see, it’s basically still in the infancy stage – trying to figure out what the goal is and how best to proceed. I think it is pretty clear that there will be a high school crunch in the city down the road if people continue to opt to stay here. I think most parents would like to know there is a good, safe high school option that their child has a reasonable shot at getting into. Ideally that school would involve a child getting up at the crack of dawn and taking public transportation halfway across town as many do now. It’s also sad to think of our kids all going their separate ways when High School comes around, which is also the case now.
The million dollar question is how much capacity is needed, where, and how to decide who gets in. I don’t begrudge North side parents for taking the lead and wanting to work locally. I think that is how most of the best things happen in CPS. I don’t know that I’d be willing to bust my butt to get another Selective Enrollment high school built, knowing my kid has a million-to-one shot at getting in. Activism happens at a personal level. If anyone sends me a link to a group that is doing the same in any other part of the city, I’m happy to post that as well. Anyhow, here’s the scoop:
Thank you all for your interest in our group. Our mission statement is as follows:
We are parents concerned about solving capacity issues and creating/improving options for secondary education on Chicago’s north side.
Our short term goals have included data collection and member recruitment. Now that our group has grown, we are ready to assign specific tasks to volunteers. On Monday we are hoping to recruit people for the following tasks:
1) Organize small groups at public and private elementary schools on the north side (wards 32, 43, 44, 46, 47) to attend high school LSC meetings and CPS board meetings.
2) Develop our website.
3) Collect data from area high schools and compare/contrast with performance data from selective enrollment high schools. Essentially, we are hoping to “diagnose the problem” in order to create solutions for viable high school options. This will be a multi-step process. I believe the first step is bringing all the information together to understand the disparities between regular and selective enrollment high schools.
If interested, please let us know where you would like to help and we will have someone contact you.