Chicago Board of Education says new strategic plan won’t close selective enrollment schools

The Chicago Board of Education took a key vote on Thursday that could alter the future of schools in the city.
The resolution moves away from school choice in favor of “elevating” neighborhood schools.
It is designed to guide engagement and development of the Chicago Public Schools’ five-year plan. CPS said it “outlines parameters that emphasize strengthening all neighborhood schools as a critical step toward supporting students and closing opportunity gaps.”
“This resolution declares a new chapter in CPS,” Chicago Board of Education President Jianan Shi said in a news release. “While the strategic plan will be developed in partnership with our entire CPS community, we are centering equity and students furthest from opportunity. As such, this moment requires a transformational plan that shifts away from a model that emphasizes school choice to one that elevates our neighborhood schools to ensure each and every student has access to a high-quality educational experience.” 
As described by Chalkbeat, the current system of school choice has families applying for selective-enrollment programs. Mayor Brandon Johnson had called the school choice program a “Hunger games scenario” while campaigning, Chalkbeat noted.

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