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Without action in Springfield, CPS students can’t succeed

By | November 13th, 2015|

On November 1, CPS CEO Forrest Claypool penned an editorial in the Chicago Tribune asking for Springfield to step up and prioritize funding for education and to treat Chicago's children fairly. Read the entire article below. Without action in Springfield, CPS students can't succeed A student who entered Chicago Public Schools this fall joined a district with tremendous promise — where test scores and graduation rates are on the rise. I'm excited for this student at the start of her educational journey. But today, [...]

Honoring our District’s Veterans

By | November 11th, 2015|

Each Veteran’s Day we pay special honor to the many members of our CPS community who’ve served in the Armed Forces. Veterans continue their service in our schools each and every day, just like 1st Sergeant Charles Powell – a retired Army veteran and current CPS teacher. A native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Sergeant Powell served in the U.S. Army for 24 years before becoming an educator. He was stationed at such military bases as Fort Hood and Fort McClellan, [...]

Words of Praise from the Nation’s Top Doctor

By | November 5th, 2015|

Earlier this month the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, had the opportunity to visit Lindblom Math & Science Academy. Dr. Murthy visited the school because the students and teachers there are making a conscious choice to promote healthy living and the school garden is at the center of their efforts. It was a beautiful, sunny November day, ideal conditions to tour the school greenhouse and see the aquaponics lab and flourishing banana and avocado trees. The students then took [...]

Dore Principal Addresses City Council at Budget Hearing

By | October 21st, 2015|

Being a CPS principal is very rewarding. Every day, I get to see my students grow and change, learning what they need to know to be successful in high school and beyond. I'm so proud of the progress we've made at my school. Thanks to our talented students and teachers, Dore is a thriving neighborhood school. But with more potential budget cuts on the table, I can't celebrate just yet. This is why I went to speak to the Chicago [...]

No Child Left Offline

By | October 21st, 2015|

CPS took a big leap into the future to make sure that every child in every classroom can have the Internet at their fingertips - which means that CPS is now a district where no child will be left offline. Thanks to $38 million in federal grants  – an investment secured for us by Mayor Rahm Emanuel – every CPS classroom will be wired for modern, high-speed Wi-Fi by 2016, opening up a world of online possibilities for our children, [...]

Digital Citizenship Week: Keeping Students Safe Online

By | October 19th, 2015|

It’s a ritual—you pick up your student after school, they jump in the car, and they grab your phone or tablet and start swiping. But have you paid attention to the sites they visit or the apps they log into? Are you confident your student is making wise decisions about content they post on Snapchat? Does your child know what to do if they encounter a cyberbully? With 92 percent of teens going online daily and nearly three-quarters of kids [...]

Restoring Integrity

By | October 13th, 2015|

Dear CPS Parents, Principals and Teachers, Today, we want to assure you that CPS will do everything in its power to restore integrity to the District and make sure the focus stays where it belongs - on the tremendous progress our students are making thanks to their parents, teachers and principals. To explain some of the steps we've taken, and our plan for the coming months, we want to share with you a letter that Board President Frank Clark and [...]

What We’re Reading Today

By | October 5th, 2015|

Want to know whether CPS schools are a success? Two education experts weigh in with a resounding yes in the Chicago Tribune. Stephanie Banchero, the senior program officer for education at the Joyce Foundation and a former education writer for The Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune, and Robin Steans, executive director of Advance Illinois, highlight how CPS students are making strong academic gains. Read the full article here or below. Stephanie Banchero is the senior program officer for education at [...]

CPS Students Made Landmark Gains In 2014-15 School Year

By | October 2nd, 2015|

Parents, just wanted to share news on our recent academic gains with you. We recently announced that Chicago Public Schools students are continuing to build on their academic gains, with growth on the ACT rate, freshmen-on-track rate, and graduation rates marking the highest measures for CPS student achievement on record. Among Chicago students’ accomplishments: Average ACT score: 18.2 (highest measure on record) Freshmen-on-track to graduate: 84.1 percent (highest measure on record) 5-Year cohort graduation rate: 69.9 percent (highest measure on record) [...]

Options for Knowledge Program Application Period

By | October 1st, 2015|

Today begins the application period for the Options for Knowledge program, which includes the following centralized CPS programs: Selective Enrollment High Schools Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools Magnet Schools and Programs Magnet Cluster Schools International Baccalaureate High Schools College and Career Academies Military Academies Open-Enrollment Elementary Schools Here are 10 tips to help you navigate this process: Deadlines. The application period runs from October 1 – December 11, 2015. Applications cannot be submitted after the December 11 deadline. Who Can Apply. [...]