Linda Lutton

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Marshall High School freshman Akeem Lofton graduated from a nearby grammar school and says he enrolled at Marshall for the school’s budding chess team, which made it to state this year. Akeem says he also applied to Westinghouse, a nearby selective enrollment school, but he wasn’t offered a seat. (Photo: Linda Lutton/WBEZ)

The Big Sort: How Chicago’s school choice system is tracking kids into different high schools based on achievement

This spring, at grammar schools all across Chicago, thousands of eighth graders donned caps and gowns and walked across auditorium stages to receive their elementary school diplomas. This fall, the…

Japanese strategy for improving teachers is catching on in Chicago

Math teacher Michael Hock during a class he taught for a lesson study session. Other teachers gauge his success. (Photo by Linda Lutton/WBEZ) In the sunlit library…

Chicago’s Renaissance 2010 schools earn a mixed grade

Nearly seven years ago, Chicago embarked on a bold plan to create 100 new schools. The idea was to open quality schools and close low-performing ones. It’s a controversial strategy…

Chicago’s Renaissance 2010: More success with high schools

Nearly seven years ago, Chicago launched a plan to create 100 new schools. On February 17th, WBEZ released a school-by-school update on how well those “Renaissance 2010” schools are…

How many students leave charter schools, and why do they go?

Charter schools are being talked about a lot lately as a strategy for improving urban education. In Chicago, families line up for the chance to get their kids into these…