IG’s report says CPS high school program for county jail falsified data

A Chicago Public Schools program for Cook County Jail inmates fabricated enrollment, attendance and course credit data in an effort to improve its district rating, according to a report issued Tuesday by the school system’s inspector general.

Between 2012 and 2016, hundreds of students were kept on the rolls of the York High School program after their release from jail, Chicago Board of Education Inspector General Nicholas Schuler’s office discovered. Dozens of students last year were listed as being present for a full day of classes after their release from jail.

In one instance, a student who was shot to death a week after being released from the jail continued to be listed as present for school. The student was awarded a semester’s worth of credit after his death, according to the report, even though he only briefly attended classes.

That incident led investigators to a review that found attendance for other incarcerated students were also inflated, while the school often awarded credits to pupils who had not received sufficient classroom instruction.