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Small High Schools on a Larger Scale: The First Three Years of the Chicago High School Redesign Initiative - The Chicago High School Redesign Initiative is a partnership between the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the Gates Foundation and local Chicago foundations. More than $26 million has been dedicated toward the goal of opening approximately two dozen small high schools across the city. This report details an analysis of how these small schools compare to the rest of Chicago public schools, taking into account individual- and school level characteristics. The report presents findings on student experiences, teacher experiences and student outcomes, and details mixed results for each of these indicators. The authors argue that their findings give provide reasons for cautios optimism, citing more personal and supportive environment for teachers and students as well as a lower dropout rate than similar students in the CPS. Discussion and implications are discussed starting on page 33. (Joseph E. Kahne, Susan E. Sporte and Marisa de la Torre, Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago, June 2006) ...

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