Two more charters scheduled to vote on joining CTU in coming weeks, as alternative school educators prepare to bargain for living wages and student needs. CHICAGO, May 26, 2021 — Rank and file educators at Association House Alternative High School have voted...
Charter educators seek to unionize in order to amplify teacher voices at work and reduce staff turnover CHICAGO, March 29, 2021 — Teachers, paraprofessionals, and other staff at two more charter schools — Christopher House and Intrinsic — have both announced in recent...
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IL Raise Your Hand: Choosing the Neighborhood High School
When my daughter and I decided to transfer her to a neighborhood high school from a selective enrollment school where she had gone since 7th grade, we were met with pushback from friends, family, and complete strangers alike. Our choice seemed unthinkable to many people in the test driven educational atmosphere that exists in Chicago today. For us, though, it ended up being a straightforward decision. After attending the selective school from 7th through 9th grade, she had become increasingly unhappy with the atmosphere of competition surrounding her. While we appreciated the quality of resources available in her school and the variety of courses and extracurricular activities offered, we realized the constant pressure to be the best (compared to other students and other schools) prevalent in the culture of the school was not a good fit for my daughter’s personality. We know many students thrive in the selective enrollment environment, but it wasn’t for us.
Fortunately, we knew that Kelly High School would offer the academic programs, artistic opportunities, and strong teaching staff she needed alongside a more welcoming and flexible school environment. Neighborhood schools’ open enrollment policies require them to develop a more adaptive approach to students’ needs. This makes them the perfect environment for students to engage in new experiences without the fear of being judged inferior for lack of experience and gives them the chance to learn leadership skill in their individual areas of strength.