Ted Bobrow

Chicago schools show no improvement

By - Sep 15th, 2009 09:46 pm
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The Chicago school system is being held up as a model of the changes sought by the Obama administration.

Yet new test results suggest that reforms in the Windy City aren’t producing the kind of improvements that merit wholesale duplication.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is the former schools chief in Chicago who President Obama brought to Washington to help spread the gospel of accountability and innovation.

School districts are struggling across the nation to identify successful strategies for improvement. But these results suggest that the search does not necessarily begin and end in Chicago.

I’m not sure what Secretary Duncan will have to say about this but it might go something like “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”

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