Competition is intense to get into Chicago’s eight selective-admission public high schools, which choose students based on middle-school grades, test scores, attendance and race. So public-school parents are resentful when high-scoring students transfer from private schools to take advantage of a first-class and free public education. Chicago Business reports:
For parents who have been committed to public schools since their child started first grade, the thought of private-school kids clinching coveted spots in selective-enrollment high schools is infuriating. Yet, private-school parents feel they have every right to go public: After all, they’ve been taxed to support the public schools while also paying expensive tuition.
Last year, only 17 percent of admits in the selective high schools had come from private schools, which doesn’t seem huge, but the numbers are rising.
Meanwhile, some African-American parents of means weigh the issue in reverse terms, debating whether it’s ethical to fill a position in an elite public school when they can well afford private-school tuition.
“I worry that if I take my son out of private school, he’d be acing out another African-American kid who might be from a Cabrini-Green neighborhood or whose parents couldn’t otherwise afford to send him to a private school,” says Les Coney, 47, executive vice-president of Mesirow Financial Inc. “I don’t want to do that.”
It sounds like Chicago needs to turn more ho-hum high schools into selective schools to meet the demand.
Via School Me.