DoTheRightThingForKids.orgBy Diane Rado, Tribune reporters

Like the menu at a potluck sup­per, Chicago Public Schools has a dizzy­ing array of offer­ings, from clas­si­cal, mag­net, selec­tive enroll­ment and gift­ed schools to char­ters and con­tract schools and career and mil­i­tary acad­e­mies.

The smor­gas­bord is a tes­ta­ment to Chicago’s myr­i­ad attempts to fix bro­ken schools and keep mid­dle-class par­ents from flee­ing to the sub­urbs.

But 15 years after a his­toric shake-up put the city’s may­or in charge of pub­lic edu­ca­tion, the litany of reforms has not pro­duced wide­spread suc­cess.

Some 80 per­cent of the city’s schools didn’t meet fed­er­al test­ing tar­gets this year, leav­ing Mayor Richard Daley’s suc­ces­sor with a mas­sive orga­ni­za­tion still plagued by aca­d­e­m­ic fail­ure as well as bud­get woes, high pover­ty and debil­i­tat­ing social con­di­tions that make teach­ing and learn­ing dif­fi­cult.

Read the full arti­cle at: http://www.chicagotribune.com.

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