A debate is accelerating among some members of Chicago City Council and leaders of the Chicago Public Schools concerning a new plan to assure diversity in the city's magnet and select enrollment schools. The new plan was necessitated after a federal judge vacated a two-decade old consent decree designed to assure diversity and equal access to the city's best education opportunities.
Read more about the concerns of the city council members.
The ACLU of Illinois has weighed in on this issue expressing concern over CPS' continued insistence that they must use only socio-economic factors as a means of assuring diversity in the city's "crown jewels" of public education. ACLU Legal Director Harvey Grossman recently published a letter in the Chicago Tribune addressing the controversy.