Rahm announces new IB high schools and programs to open
The CPSObsessed switchboard is lighting up with the news!
I did NOT see this one coming. I’ve been wanting to do a post on the IB programs lately as I’m not all that familiar with them and the CPS admissions information confused me a little bit. Also, we continuously hear how rigorous these programs are (with a substantial attrition rate.) Thanks to everyone who sent me the info as it was breaking and to HSObsessed for writing the info below. She also says the video is “sweet.” Rahm? Really. I better take a look…
During a lunch time announcement at Curie, Rahm Emanuel announced that CPS will expand its high school IB program from serving 3,500 currently to serving 6,000 to 7,000 students, including five “wall-to-wall” IB high schools, and five new programs within other schools as well, all by “early 2013”. Emanuel said this is the first expansion of IB in Chicago in 15 years. He spoke about how parents are taking their families to the suburbs instead of staying in the city for high school due to the perceived lack of options, and that this will serve that need. He spoke about how the new all-IB high schools will be another option in addition to charters, the STEM programs, and the SE high schools.
Lots of questions remain: They didn’t say where the high schools will be, and it may not be determined yet, because they said they would work with aldermen and principals to see where the need is greatest. Not sure if they will phase out the neighborhood programs and phase in all-IB. Not sure if entry will be all-competitive, or if neighborhood kids have automatic entry but must be in the IB program. Not sure if these 10 initiatives are in addition to or instead of the existing programs.
Hopefully CPS will post documents with details soon.
Video of the news conference is here.
Sun Times story:
New research paper on CPS IB programs. Beware, it’s 72 pages. I am going to try to read it as it came to me, recommended by a CPS IB teacher.