Feb. 20, 2015
In 2012, Chicagoans got some harsh news: There were 56,000 high school dropouts under 21 in the city–enough to fill Soldier Field. At the time, Chicago Public Schools had only 5,300 seats to serve them. Over the last two years, the district brought that number up to 12,000. It is the largest expansion of alternative schools ever done here. Most of that expansion has been in schools run by for-profit companies, many that offer half-day programs, with online instruction. WBEZ's Becky Vevea reports.