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So far Andy Le has created 21 blog entries.

A Message from Dr. Jackson

By | January 2nd, 2018|

Dear Families, This week begins a new chapter in my CPS story, and I’m thrilled to be starting it with you as the district’s Acting Chief Executive Officer. I’ve been a CPS student, teacher, principal and senior administrator, but no experience has better informed my view of the district than becoming a CPS parent. Having children in CPS has helped me better appreciate the importance of the district’s partnership with its families, and I want to make sure that connection [...]

Chicago Is Home: An Open Letter to Puerto Rican Migrants

By | November 16th, 2017|

Dear CPS Families, Colleagues, and Supporters, One of our greatest assets as a city, and as a school district, is our diversity. Students in Chicago Public Schools are exposed to languages and cultures from around the globe, including Puerto Rico, which is experiencing a difficult time right now. Thousands of our fellow Americans are being forced to leave their homes because of the devastating hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico back in September and we want all displaced Puerto Ricans that [...]

An Open Letter to Special Education Stakeholders

By | October 24th, 2017|

Dear Special Education Stakeholder, As we move forward with reforming how we deliver special education services, our core principle is to do what’s best for the individual student. This means delivering the supports they need in the most timely manner, and creating an equitable system that treats similarly situated students similarly. We know that overall, students at CPS are making remarkable academic gains, whether it’s in record-breaking math and reading attainment in elementary school, record-breaking freshmen-on-track rates, more students graduating [...]

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 [...]