02/15/2012 10:00 PM
This week, we took a close look at Crane High Schoolís achievement academy, a program that takes kids in need of extra help from around the city.
Itís a good concept. Taking kids who need extra help and putting them in an environment where they can get extra help is a recipe for success.
But we think itís a bit dishonest for Chicago Public Schools brass not to own up to the fact that the school they want to shut down for its poor performance has a disproportionate number of kids who need extra help.
The achievement academy has gotten barely a mention in CPSí plans to shut down Crane. Why not? Itís clearly dragging the schoolís results down on some level.
When presenting the argument for closing the school, officials need to be up front about this. If the school is hurting even when achievement academy students are excluded from the stats, then fine.
But donít ignore it. Thatís wrong.