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CPS High Schools – Which Schools do Top Students Choose?


Chicago has 5 Selective Enrollment High Schools who score among the top 10 schools in the state.


Are these schools truly the best, or are they just attracting the best students?

WBEZ posted a great article that graphically demonstrates the relationship between student EXPLORE scores and their eventual high school choice.

WBEZ voices the concern:

Is the city’s school choice system actually creating better schools, or is it simply sorting certain students out and leaving the weakest learners in separate, struggling schools?

Chicago Public Schools

There were 104 kids who scored a perfect 25 on the EXPLORE exam. One hundred of them — 96 percent — enrolled in just six of the city’s 130 high schools (Northside, Whitney Young, Payton, Lane, Lincoln Park, and Jones).

See how student achievement relates to high school choice in an interactive chart linking each score in 2012 to a school.  Sort schools by type, demographics or location, and explore and compare the distribution of scores at each school.


CPS high school sort

Tell Governor Quinn to veto SB 2664!


Note from Ald. Michele Smith — I wholeheartedly agree, and ask that you take a moment to tell Governor Quinn that you’re opposed to this bill.


Anne Rossley-Baird & Warner

Oppose Senate Bill 2664

          Legislation under review by Governor Quinn will prohibit condominium associations from including special assessments, chargebacks, and limit a condominium association’s ability to collect late fees, attorney’s fees or court costs, from third-party purchasers following a foreclosure. The total amount that can be collected may never exceed 9 months of regular assessments. The end results in most cases would have associations receiving less repayment than under the current statutory scheme. Less repayment means more fees for unit owners.


 Gov Pat Quinn         The bill passed the House and Senate and now awaits the signature of Governor Quinn. I’ve spoken with the Governor to voice my objection to this legislation, and I encourage you to do the same.  For those buildings with units in foreclosure, this bill will bring about higher costs to the remaining unit owners, which I cannot support.


Click here to send an email to Governor Quinn to voice your objection to Senate Bill 2664

My wacky real estate marketing idea…

My Wacky Real Estate Marketing Idea

brought smiles and joy

to Drake Theta Chi party-goers last month…

Drake Relays Rest Room Marketing

My husband, Tom, is co-chairing the Theta Chi Fundraiser at Drake University.  They’ve just about reached their $ 1,856,000 goal to build a new fraternity house, and the old house is being torn down this summer.

Relays 2014 Blow the House Down

To celebrate the house coming down, over 100 alumni brothers, daughters, family members and friends partied on the front lawn on April 25-27. This “Blow the House Down!” was  a  great time!

Relays 2014 - Blow the House Down

And, I’m glad to have provided a “Helping Hand…”

Tom asked me what would make the party more enjoyable for me — he was trying to make sure everyone would have a good time.

My answer?

Decent bathrooms! What woman hasn’t avoided a dirty bathroom in a college setting? Don’t we all despise the restrooms in dive bars? We’d rather go home than have another cocktail, if it means visiting the porta-potty that’s been used for the last 36 hours…

Tell me I’m wrong — that’s right… you can’t!

A little digging and we found the King’s Throne – a local “portable facilities” company in Iowa. As luck would have it, a new trailer was arriving mid-April.  It was a 24 foot gem – 3 stalls for the women, 1 for the men (with 2 urinals) and it had never been used !!!

We brought in the THRONE…

On Friday afternoon, April 25, our sparkling silver trailer arrived at the house in Des Moines. We adorned it with the sponsor poster — created just for the event. Not only was it clean and shiny, but it had bright lights, and music was piped in!

Let me tell you – this potty was the hit of the party!

Here’s my sign up close:

drake theta chi relays

The ladies stayed late! I had never been thanked so frequently nor so enthusiastically for my bathrooms!

We all had a great time, and hopefully, it will have been marketing dollars well-spent!

If you like this idea- just think what I can do to sell your house!

Contact me!