Since the steel industry vanished from South Chicago in the 1990s, the blue-collar community has struggled to create jobs and affordable housing. More than one of every three children in the community lives below the poverty line, and 85 percent of students attend public schools.
A majority of parents give their child’s public school high marks—and themselves higher marks—in parental involvement activities and effort, according to a survey commissioned by Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE). The survey’s goal was to determine how charter schools and regular public schools compared in parent involvement.
This school year, Chicago’s 22 charter schools plan to raise some $12 million in private contributions. But their dependence on fundraising varies widely, from about 4 percent of the budget at the Chicago International schools to 40 percent at Young Women’s Leadership Charter School.
How has Chicago fared on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Prairie State Achievement Exams (PSAE), Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) and the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)?