Chicago Public Schools has diminishing black student population Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM
**COMMERCIAL IMAGE** In this photo taken by Feature Photo Service for IBM: Lauded by the U.S. Department of Education and President Obama, the IBM-inspired P-TECH school in Brooklyn, NY, where teens earn both a community college degree and high school diploma in as little as four years, graduated 27 students last evening at the commencement exercises held by the New York City College of Technology (City University of New York's "City Tech") at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on June 2, 2016. Staring directly at the camera is Elisabel Herrera, one of the 2016 P-TECH graduates, who typically either continue on to four-year colleges or apply for jobs at technology companies like IBM. There are expected to be 60 IBM-inspired P-TECH schools in six states this fall. Nationally, less than 30% of students who enroll in two-year community colleges complete their associate's degree within three years, according to the U.S. Dept. of Education. (Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM)

A recent analysis of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) data showed the there?s a decreasing number of black students at the top elite public high schools and CPS as a whole.

The data was analyzed by the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) using CPS enrolment data. The trend was clear that the black student population is diminishing, but the cause isn?t as easy to diagnose.

?The reasons for these trends aren?t entirely clear, but they are indicative of broad challenges related to growth, economics and segregation facing Chicago and its public schools,? MPC shared, ?particularly in African-American communities on the city?s south and west sides.?

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MPC drew connections between the student population and the city?s shrinking black population as whole.

?The shrinking share of black students at the city?s top high schools may illustrate that among those concerns is the lack of high-quality options for black students in CPS.?

The decline is even more apparent in the elite high school classes, where the white-black disparity is at an all-time high.

The full study results can be viewed online.

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