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CPS: A District of Choice

By | March 8th, 2017|

Last week, Chief Education Officer Dr. Janice K. Jackson had the opportunity to speak on the important issue of school choice. Her audience was the 2017 fellows from Leadership Greater Chicago – an organization that works to familiarize new generations of Chicago leaders with multiple perspectives on the challenges, opportunities, and resources that define this diverse and thriving city. Here’s what Dr. Jackson had to say: If I’ve learned one thing in my time with CPS, it’s that educating children [...]

CPS Student and Teacher Selected to Study D-Day in Normandy France

By | March 7th, 2017|

This summer, Von Steuben High Schoool student Marc Lopez will travel to Normandy, France to honor a WWII silent hero who died during or after the D-Day invasion. He will be accompanied by his teacher, Meghan Thomas, as part of their participation in the Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom® Albert H. Small Student and Teacher Institute, which is an initiative coordinated by National History Day® to teach a new generation about the sacrifices and challenges faced during World War II. The [...]

CPS Response to Gov. Rauner’s Veto of School Funding

By | December 1st, 2016|

Remarks as prepared for CEO Forrest Claypool on December 1, 2016 regarding Governor Rauner's Veto of SB 2822. To take action and help override the Governor's veto, visit cps.edu/equality. "Thank you for joining us today. I have fully briefed President Clark, who is deeply concerned and disappointed in this harmful action. He asked me to convey that the Board believes that the Governor should not put his political agenda before children - -and that all Illinois children deserve to be [...]

Our Commitment to Safe and Welcoming Schools

By | November 10th, 2016|

Dear CPS Families, With emotions running high after the presidential election, we want to affirm our commitment to the values of diversity, tolerance and fairness in our schools. Every one of our students has the right to a safe, welcoming school environment where they feel valued and respected. We are proud of our District’s diversity, and believe that every student, regardless of race, ethnicity, background, sexual orientation, language or culture has the right to reach their full potential. We know [...]

CPS Releases FY17 Budget

By | August 8th, 2016|

Balanced Budget Puts District on a Path to Stability and Continued Academic Success Dear Friends and Colleagues, As we look forward to another upcoming school year, let us first recognize that this is an exciting time in the history of Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Our students have again outpaced the academic growth of their national and state peers in both math and reading, while the average ACT score, freshmen-on-track to graduate rate, and graduation rate have reached the highest measures on [...]

Giving IB Students the Credit They Deserve

By | August 3rd, 2016|

CPS teachers want their students to go to college, so they’re always searching for ways to make it more accessible. Take David Gregg and Jessica Stephenson – International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinators at Senn and Prosser high schools, respectively. They knew that their IB students were doing college-level work, and believed that just like in Advanced Placement (AP) courses, that work should translate to college credit. These teachers rallied support around this cause, encouraging state lawmakers to establish a standard IB [...]

A “Breakthrough” Achievement for CPS Schools

By | May 6th, 2016|

Thanks to the Breakthrough Schools Program from LEAP Innovations, 7 CPS schools now have nearly $2 million to invest in personalized learning. This journey began last year, with 15 schools designing and piloting innovative learning models to replace a "one size fits all" approach to education. After hours of coaching from experts, and visits to schools around the country, each school came up with a grant proposal for implementing their new learning models. The 7 schools selected for Phase II [...]

Coming Full Circle at Dunbar

By | April 26th, 2016|

When it opened its doors in 1942, Dunbar High School had a construction trades focus for its students. Now, a new CPS program will return this neighborhood school to its roots, giving students a leg up on careers in today’s construction industry. Students interested in carpentry, welding, HVAC, and electricity will be at home on Dunbar’s new Construction Trades Campus, which promises to school CPS youth in the specialized skills being sought by businesses and trade unions throughout Chicago. The [...]

Honoring Chicago’s Best Educators

By | April 25th, 2016|

This month, four CPS educators received the surprise of a lifetime from the Golden Apple Foundation. Though given their reputations in the classroom, the visits should not have been a surprise. The group presented three CPS high school  teachers with the coveted Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, and one District principal with the prestigious Golder Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership skills and proven dedication to an entire school community. This year’s Golder Award winner was Ruiz Elementary principal [...]

Standing Up for Equality

By | April 19th, 2016|

Separate and unequal. That’s the system CPS students are trapped in. For years, the State of Illinois has failed to fully fund education, hurting every school district in the state.    But CPS students face even more daunting prospects: Illinois’ broken approach to education funding has cut state support while imposing costly mandated pension payments, leaving CPS students with less money than their peers around the state.  And even though we’ve done our best to keep cuts away from their [...]