- Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the nation’s third largest school district with nearly 400,000 students, primarily African American (39.3%) and Hispanic (45.6%).
- The majority of CPS students live at the poverty level qualifying the entire CPS district for the federal free breakfast and lunch program effective in 2014.
- In 2014, 69.4% of CPS high school students graduated, an all-time high. But only 14% of CPS students graduated with a 4-year college degree by their mid-20s, below the national average of 18%.
- Under CPS budget plans for FY2016, 3 out of 4 schools would see their budgets cut. At Kelly High School, funding will decrease by $1.3 million on top of $4 million in cuts in FY2014. Compared to other schools in the district, this change in overall funding would be the 16th largest decrease out of 503 schools with budget cuts.
- Students from wealthy families graduate from college at more than twice the rate of students from poor families, including students with the same SAT scores.
- The big difference wasn’t how hard a student studied or how well they did in high school. The most important indicator was a student’s household income.