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Reform: Chicago Delays Unified Charter-District Application

School mapsThis year's application process in Chicago was supposed to feature a unified application process, timeline, and unified website.   That's what NYC, New Orleans, Boston, and Denver have for all or part of their systems, many of them using the same outfit to make the process work.

But that isn't happening for another year at least -- due in large part to concerns from charter schools about the district's ability to handle the system.  

That leaves Chicago parents who are willing to endure the process to pore through roughly 15 different kinds of schools, and seven different applications (not including charters).  It's only recently that parents can apply to some kinds of schools online rather than by mail or in person.

The process in Chicago is almost comically complicated, and the supply of high-performing schools -- district and charter -- remains woefully low.  One result is that roughly two out of three white, college-educated parents send their kids to private or parochial schools.

Coverage: Chicago parents: Get your [multiple] school applications ready WBEZ, Ready, Set, Apply…. for the 2013/2014 school year! cpsobsessed, CPS opens application process for selective, magnet schools Catalyst.


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