Chicago Public Schools announced plans to open several new schools for former high school dropouts, despite large-scale budget cuts and widespread protests over school closures in the city.
The city currently has several schools and centers designed to re-engage youth who are not enrolled in school or who are unlikely to graduate, but on Wednesday the Board of Education voted to open another contract school for this purpose. The board will vote on the opening of more contract schools and a multi-site charter school in the near future, according to a CPS press release.
There are currently 60,000 Chicago-area students who are either not enrolled in school or are at risk of not graduating due to lack of credits. This re-engagement initiative would seek to re-engage nearly 20,000 of these youth within the next five years, Catalyst Chicago notes.