Chicago was the first big-city school system to come under the authority of the mayor in 1995. Since then, central office has handed down a host of directives, including ending social promotion and creating elite high schools. But the key question is: What’s happening to students as a result?
By Jody Temkin
A retained student makes progress in reading. But earlier, more intensive help may have kept her from being held back.
By Debra Williams
A senior says she was sold on the “miracle on 44th Street,” but almost transferred out.
By Alexander Russo
Schools are under more pressure than ever to raise the academic achievement of students who are learning English.