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So far Andy Le has created 18 blog entries.

Behind the Blue Ribbon

By | October 20th, 2017|

I’ve had some great moments as a CPS principal. But seeing the faces of my students, staff and families when we were named a National Blue Ribbon School tops the list. The Poe staff and families deserve much of the credit for creating such a positive school environment that supports student learning every step of the way. Most of all, though, I want to thank my students, whose hard work has cemented our legacy as a truly outstanding school. What [...]

An Open Letter to Our Undocumented Students

By | September 8th, 2017|

Dear Students, Chicago is your home. While still we do not have all the answers about what President Trump’s threats against Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will mean for our nation, we know one thing for certain: everyone is welcome here in our city. In this moment of uncertainty for so many in our nation, we want to reassure you that all students will be able to attend our preschools, our elementary schools, our high schools and our community colleges without fear or intimidation [...]

Teaching Children That the Past Does Not Dictate the Future

By | August 28th, 2017|

“A clear-eyed view of history can make us uncomfortable. It will shake us out of familiar narratives. But it is precisely because of that discomfort that we learn, and grow, and harness our collective power to make this nation more perfect.” -President Barack Obama at the opening of the National Museum of African-American History President Obama’s words remind us how important it is to confront the events of Chicago’s past, even if those events are unsettling to us. That is [...]

From PreK to Graduation: Creating a Diverse Neighborhood Continuum for Near South Students

By | August 25th, 2017|

Years ago, when South Loop Elementary School was built, boundaries were drawn that excluded and separated black children from their peers. At the same time, more students have become a part of the Near South community, and we wanted to make sure that all of them have access to a high quality, diverse neighborhood option from pre-K to 12th grade. Throughout this process, this has has been personal priority of mine to correct the historical wrong at South Loop and [...]

Holding Steadfastly to Our Values

By | August 18th, 2017|

Dear Colleagues, As we prepare with excitement for the first day of school, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything you do to educate and inspire the students of Chicago Public Schools. We know it’s not easy, and our work is at the heart of students’ success. We also want to take this moment to address the very serious and challenging circumstances that are creating much anxiety and turmoil for our nation, particularly for children of [...]

Teaching through Tragedy: CPS’ Response to Charlottesville

By | August 18th, 2017|

The recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia has left many in our communities – and our homes – shaken. It shows us that racism, hate and intolerance remain serious issues in our country, and reminds us of our responsibility to educate children about the toxic nature of these attitudes. For many of us, these events are also deeply personal. Earlier this week, as my young daughter tried to process what she was seeing on the news, she kept repeating a phrase [...]

State-of-the-Art Englewood High School Set to Open Fall 2019

By | June 9th, 2017|

We believe that every community deserves an excellent neighborhood high school that will give the children of Chicago the skills and knowledge they need to achieve their dreams. So today, we are excited to announce that CPS plans to invest $75 million to open a brand new, state-of-the-art high school to serve the students of Englewood in the fall of 2019. We want to build a vibrant neighborhood option for south side students. After hearing from the community including the [...]

An Inconvenient Truth: Education Funding in Black and White

By | May 30th, 2017|

Forrest Claypool argues for the end of racially discriminatory education funding in Illiniois at the City Club on May 30, 2017. Remarks as prepared. In 2006, a documentary called “An Inconvenient Truth” was released, about the dangers of climate change. It was based on the work of former Vice President Al Gore. The underlying data showed that – like the proverbial frog in a slowly heating pot that realizes too late it is being boiled to death – our planet is [...]

New Strategy to Help Students Prepare for Life After Graduation

By | May 24th, 2017|

In every one of our high schools, there is a potential doctor. There is an aspiring geneticist, a food scientist, and a biochemical engineer. We can’t let them miss out on these opportunities because they didn’t have access to the science courses that would have spark those interests. Enter our revised expectations around science - one of three new graduation requirements approved by the Board of Education today. The others pinpoint the need for robust financial education in every school, [...]

A Teacher Who Learns from Her Students

By | May 5th, 2017|

For 14 years, Carla Jones has been filling the minds of Cook Elementary students with knowledge and experiences. Yet according to this veteran teacher, she’s learned more from them than they have from her. “Chicago was an adjustment for me,” said Jones. “I had to learn about the challenges of urban education and how what happens in the community affects the classroom.” Jones grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia, a suburb outside of Atlanta. The only child of engaged and [...]