If failure rates at some of Chicago’s public schools were not indication enough of the schools’ troubling performance rates, perhaps Paul Robeson High School’s prom theme is.
Investigative reporter Chuck Goudie posted an image on his Facebook page of the school’s 2014 prom theme: “This is Are Story.”
Paul Robeson High School is in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, which is one of Chicago’s poorest – and most dangerous – neighborhoods.
The school is also part of the Chicago Public School (CPS) system.
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As reported by EAGNews.org, CPS graduation rates are astonishingly low: four out of 10 freshmen do not graduate.
Further examination of that breakdown reveals disturbing details. Of those that do graduate from Chicago’s public schools, 91 percent reportedly have to take remediation courses in college because they are unable to complete basic math and school work.
In fact, ACT subject matter tests indicate that a mere 26 percent of CPS high school students are prepared for college.
Equally disturbing is the fact that while a high percentage of CPS students are either failing or being left behind, their teachers continue to receive generous compensation.
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Consider this: the average CPS teacher’s salary is reported to be $76,000. And, according to the latest contract negotiations in 2012, teachers see a 17 percent salary increase over three years’ time.
For comparison, the median household income in Chicago is $47,408.
What this means is that although many of Chicago’s public schools are unable to provide their students with an adequate education, sadly, many of their parents are also unable to pay for their children to attend alternate school options.
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