Following Super Bowl 50, acclaimed NFL players and coaches are honoring the schools that put them on the path to greatness. For South Shore High School, this meant a visit from alumnus Marv Levy – the Hall of Fame coach who took the Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls during the 1990s. During a school assembly, Coach Levy presented his alma mater with a Golden Football - part of the NFL’s High School Honor Roll program. This was his [...]
To solve Chicago’s educational challenges, two things are required: trust and a willingness to share responsibility for getting our system’s fiscal house in order once and for all. The Chicago Teacher’s Union recently rejected a contract offer that provided higher salaries, no layoffs, limits on charter school growth and needed funding for pensions, arguing they can’t trust the Chicago Public Schools. The proposal, on the heels of extensive Central Office layoffs, asked teachers to share in the responsibility by paying [...]
I’ve been in education for a long time, but have never been as proud as I was this week, when I saw my students, their families, and school communities around the District come together to support my hometown. I grew up in Flint, Michigan, which has been in the national spotlight recently because of its water crisis. It’s hard to imagine waking up one day and learning that the regular things you do every day – cooking, washing clothes, and [...]
On Monday, the CTU's Big Bargaining Team rejected a tentative agreement between CPS and CTU leadership. While negotiations with CTU are still underway, learn more about the steps CPS is taking to keep our students in the classroom here.
In late January, Karen Lewis (President of the Chicago Teachers Union) announced that CPS had presented "a serious offer" to CTU leadership. Four days later, CTU's Big Bargaining Team rejected the proposal - which would have protected classrooms, and teacher's jobs. To read more about the Tentative Agreement Between CTU and CPS, click here.
Today begins Black History Month – a chance for CPS students to study and celebrate the culture, legacy and achievements of African-Americans. CPS is proud to be a part of this tradition. Throughout our District, schools bear the names of African-American scholars, artists and leaders – people whose talents and vision have helped shape our city and our nation. Take Oscar DePriest Elementary, which was named for the first African-American elected to Congress after Reconstruction. Or Gwendolyn Brooks High School, [...]
I love when I get the chance to visit schools. It takes me back to my days as a teacher and principal, and gives me a look beyond the headlines to the progress we’re making. This week, I had the opportunity to visit several schools around the city, including Lavizzo Elementary. Lavizzo is a Level 1 school in the heart of Roseland, and the minute you walk in, you can feel the positive energy and sense of purpose. You can [...]
New data released by the International Baccalaureate shows that enrollment in IB programs is having a significant impact on the futures of CPS students. CPS is proud to offer the largest network of International Baccalaureate (IB) schools in the country, with more than 20,000 students now enrolled. These programs are known for their high academic standards. The rigorous curriculum helps prepare students for success in college, and the intense focus on language, writing and global issues inspires young people to [...]
As CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, my primary focus remains the continued progress of our children. In the six months since I began leading CPS, my biggest takeaway has been the incredible resiliency of our students, their families, and our school communities. Because despite being trapped in a broken system, our children are thriving. For the first time ever, more than half of Chicago’s students are testing at or above the national average in Reading and Math. Our attendance [...]
Earlier today, I had the pleasure of meeting with three CPS students who are well on their way to a bright future. All seniors at Juarez High School, these students will be attending prestigious universities next fall with the help of college scholarships. Diana will be attending Pomona University in southern California, while Abigail will study Public Health and International Relations at Dennison University in the hope of becoming an M.D. And Luis, who has dreamed of attending MIT since [...]