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Take Clout Out Of School Admissions
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 26, 2010 | Editorial staff

Posted on 03/26/2010 8:43:12 AM PDT by raptor22

Chicago parents have long suspected that a shadow admissions system gave the elite an alternate way to go after a seat at the city's highly coveted college-prep high schools.

Turns out they were right.

The latest bit of evidence is this week's revelation that former Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan's office kept a list of aldermen, businessmen and others in positions of power who called his office to appeal admissions denials at test-based public high schools. The flood of calls suggests these folks knew the regular route wasn't the only route.

It appears that most kids were ultimately rejected, and some regular Chicagoans were on the list too -- looking for a safer school for their kid, for example. Duncan's associates defend the list, saying CPS was just organizing the crush of calls they got and that they demanded no favors for the callers. They simply passed the information to principals, without any recommendation.

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TOPICS: Editorial; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: arneduncan; chicagoway; education; obama

1 posted on 03/26/2010 8:43:12 AM PDT by raptor22
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To: raptor22

And yet homeschoolers do so much better than public school students. Gosh can’t explaiin it.

2 posted on 03/26/2010 8:48:17 AM PDT by jimpick
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To: jimpick

Obama has redefined the little “red” schoolhouse.

3 posted on 03/26/2010 9:02:32 AM PDT by raptor22 (The truth will set us free)
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To: raptor22

The same sort of process was used for admissions to the UofI. Pols and their contributors kids got in when other couldn’t. What can you expect from a corrupt state?

4 posted on 03/26/2010 9:37:04 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: raptor22

More than likely these institutions won’t last longer than Dick Daley’s frail heart.

5 posted on 03/26/2010 11:17:12 AM PDT by junta (S.C.U.M. = State Controlled Unreliable Media)
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To: junta
Now on a national basis.

When you apply for that federal student loan, you may find the ‘allotment’ for the school you applied for is full. You may get a loan; But for a different school.

Of course, this would not apply to children of members of the new Politburo.

6 posted on 03/26/2010 11:32:35 AM PDT by maine yankee
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