The teachers union president complained that the new teacher evaluations could "result in 6,000 teachers (or nearly 30% of our members) being discharged within one or two years. This is unacceptable." She seemed to be admitting that almost one-third of Chicago teachers are underperforming.
The 350,000 students in Chicago attend school fewer hours than any students in the top ten U.S. metro areas. The settlement changes the school day from under six hours to seven hours.
Chicago Public Schools spend $14,000 per student. There is a 56% graduation rate. Last year, only 31% of Chicago Public School high school students met Illinois state academic standards.
79% of Chicago public school 8th graders are not grade-level in reading, and 80% are not grade-level in Math. Only about 55% of high school students in Chicago graduate, and there's a lot of question about what those who do graduate have learned.
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