Rebooting Jobs

Reboot Our Jobs – A just-released report from the Brookings Institution rated Chicago and other cities by how well job openings line up with workers’ education. Like most big cities, Chicago has a larger share of available jobs that require higher education — a bachelor’s degree or more — than job seekers who hold those degrees.

There are 3.5 job openings in Chicago for every unemployed worker with a bachelor’s degree or higher. But there’s only 0.9 jobs for each worker who has no more than a high school diploma.

To attract growing industries and create jobs, Chicago needs to innovate in education. That’s why the Chicago Tribune has backed Chicago Public Schools officials in their plans to improve schools by obliterating the status quo. Teachers need to be evaluated based on how well they boost student achievement. Principals should be accountable for holding on to the best teachers.

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