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Thousands of Students Improperly Won Seats in CPS Schools, a ‘Pervasive Problem,’ Inspector General Says

Finding fault with a notoriously frustrating school selection process, the Chicago Public Schools watchdog said in a new report that thousands of students were improperly enrolled in hundreds of elementary schools last year because of loopholes, confusion over policies or intentional disregard of rules.

Some schools used “cherry-picking” to favor certain students, according to a district audit analyzed by Inspector General Nicholas Schuler’s office. Nonselective schools improperly used academic benchmarks such as test scores and grades to evaluate prospective students, Schuler’s office said, and some schools “specifically weeded out kids with histories of poor attendance.”