Chicago schools struggle to support 66,000 non-English speaking students

by Kalyn Belsha | Catalyst Chicago  |  published on August 28, 2015

A month ago CPS announced it would audit services for English-language learners at every school in the city. Now, officials say, the review will begin in the fall at schools with the highest number of English learners and then work down the line.

At 123 schools, at least a third of students are working to become proficient in English. At 545 schools, there is at least one student, according to data from last year. Officials are hoping to complete the task by mid-February but might return to schools in the spring if problems persist.

The district’s goal is for all schools, including charters, to meet state- and federally-mandated requirements for providing services to students learning English — an issue that has plagued the district for decades.

  • whoisshe?

    Absolutely learn English, evidently someone couldn’t think this thru. Common Sense where are the teachers??

  • KDC

    Okay, all you communist, socialist teachers, how’s this working out for you? You don’t mind illegals? Then deal with it!

    • podunk1

      All of this rotten news,,, and no one has a job or paycheck to… learn something???

      July full time joblessness (rounded) was 38,088,000 (22.8%), based on 166,834,000 workforce using 12 year average pre-Obama percentages and BLS 34.6 hour employed persons adjusted from 148,840,000 to 128,747,000 @ 40 hours. That annually denies another $2.6 trillion in full time wages and tax revenue opportunity using less than 2/3 of the historical eligible workforce.


  • teaman

    I have a solution Chicago, take the money you will be spending on these kids and buy them a plane ticket back to their country of origin! Oh, wait, my bad, Obama the Manure Spreader want let the ILLEGALS leave.

  • ted finkbohner

    I wonder what they think of Ayatollah Obama and his mighty pen and ego in his adopted “home” town? Some of my ancestors had to go from Yiddish and German/Slavic to Spanish to English to live in California. You learn te language of the country or get out!

  • muthamedia

    There is a teacher shortage in our state but they hired 20 from Puerto Rico and 4 from Spain for the illegal aliens.

    • KDC


  • donemyhomework

    Thanks for the multiculturalism and the force feed of this landslide of immigrants. Thank you Politicians for really screwing things up.

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