Policy Documents

No. 9 Access To Quality: Private Schools In Chicago's Inner City

Dr. Joan Davis Ratteray –
June 27, 1986

Inner-city parents all across America are breaking away from large government monoplies in education. This is no less true of Chicago, where thousands of parents are exercising their power of choice in education by sending their children to independent neighborhood schools.

Quality education in the public school system is at a very low level, and negative social factors such as crime are at an all-time high. Minority-group youth, most of whom have limited financial mobility, find themselves locked into public schools with few or no alternatives. Nearly half of them drop out, and most of the remainder graduate with inadequate basic skills. Chicago now stands in danger of creating yet another "lost generation" as more young people are devoured by large bureaucratic structures that have been created for the education of masses.


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