Following a Chicago Sun-Times report on Monday that found black students are being edged out of the top public high schools in Chicago, two aldermen are calling on the city council to hold hearings on the matter.
South Side Alds. Pat Dowell (3rd) and Will Burns (4th) introduced a resolution at Wednesday's council meeting requesting the hearings.
“African-American student enrollment has declined at the top four selective enrollment schools, even though the African-American population is up at all 10 [selective high schools]. I want to know why that’s the case. I haven’t heard a good explanation,” Dowell told the Sun-Times.
The newspaper's findings on the changing racial demographics at the city's top selective-enrollment high schools comes four academic years after a U.S. District Court judge ruled that race could no longer be used as a component in the composition of a Chicago public school's student population.
“African-Americans make up a large portion of the population of this city," Dowell said. "We should have an opportunity, as other nationalities do, to have seats in all of the selective enrollment schools, including the top four. The formula we’re working under now grew out of a decree. This formula has not been, to my knowledge, looked at since it was created. Maybe we need to modify the formula.”