Kindergarten: Chicago Bans Redshirting For Magnets
Chicago is now taking an unusually hard line against magnet school "redshirting" kindergartners (ie, holding them back so they're "ready" for school), according to this Tribune article -- insisting that kids who are too old apply directly to 1st grade even if their parents think they're not ready. Not even LA or NYC do that, according to the paper. The ban is an attempt to prevent gaming of the system by parents trying to increase their kid's chances of getting in and doing well. Redshirting also apparently causes problems for kids later on in middle school when they tend to experience disciplinary problems at higher rates than their classmates. Image via.