by Beandrea Davis
In Chicago, efforts to create small, autonomous high schools of 100 to 600 students have rapidly expanded in recent years. With over $25 million in grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and from Chicago-based foundations, the Chicago School District plans to build 12 new autonomous, small high schools and reorganize existing high schools to create 20 others by 2007.
Despite Governor Ed Rendell’s urging to enact property tax relief legislation, Pennsylvania state senators have yet to vote on legislation currently before them that would increase state funding to school districts by funneling slot machine revenue to local school districts. Such a measure has already passed in the House.