Jordan Conwell is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at Northwestern University, where his research focuses on issues of racial inequality in education. As a research intern with CTU since 2013, he has contributed to many projects, including the original A Just Chicago report. You can read more about his research and his work with CTU on his blog.

Praying for a quality school: Parents recount their experiences with Chicago’s school choice system

At both the elementary and high school levels this, the nation’s third-largest school district, gives students and parents the option to apply to schools other than their assigned neighborhood school. CPS encourages families to “Research, Choose, and Register” within a matrix of charter, contract, magnet, International Baccalaureate, and selective enrollment schools