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These 32 Chicago schools to split $32 million for new STEM, arts, and International Baccalaureate …

Chicago will add programs focusing on science, technology, engineering and math — and some also with arts — to 11 schools. In an effort to make its neighborhood and magnet schools more attractive, Chicago will spend $32 million on expanding sought-after programs such as International Baccalaureate and dual-language to 32 more campuses across the city.
The plan, announced today by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and schools chief Janice Jackson, is billed as the largest programmatic expansion in the district’s history and comes at a time of intense scrutiny over what Chicago is doing to stem the tide of declining K-12 enrollment citywide.When the competitive application program was announced last fall, 102 principals sent the district letters of intent to apply for funds, and the district subsequently invited 58 of them to submit full proposals, eventually narrowing the list down to 32 schools, according to school board reports from Jackson.
The school district has repeated refused Chalkbeat requests for a complete list of schools that applied.You can find the full list of 32 awardees below.Of the seven high schools receiving funds, six are district-run neighborhood schools that have struggled to compete with the district’s popular selective-enrollment high schools. Chicago will add programs focusing on science, technology, engineering and math and some also with arts to 11 schools.It will expand the International Baccalaureate curriculum to seven schools, to bring the program to a total of 62 campuses citywide. The rigorous IB curriculum originally designed for the children of British diplomats has expanded more quickly here than in any other school district in North America.The $32 million expansion will also build out dual-language programs at four schools. A small group of schools will also receive world language and personalized learning programs that lean on computer-assisted instruction.
The district will add one new gifted program, starting with kindergarten, at McPherson Elementary in Ravenswood.an inventory report compiled with school-choice group Kids First that is meant to both guide district decision making and arm school communities with information to discuss and advocate for resources.The report, which debuted last year, divides the school district into 16 planning regions showing where schools are, what programs they offer, how they are performing, and how people choose among available options. At community meetings held last year about the district’s Annual Regional Analysis, educators and parents pushed for the school district to help neglected open-enrollment schools raise their profile with programmatic investments and marketing support.

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