We believe that a healthy education environment where kids, schools, and communities thrive is the key to a world-class Chicago. Our strategies are designed to sustain the conditions in which all public-school students receive a world-class education and become the citizens that will lead our city tomorrow.
GIVE PARENTS THE MIC.
No one knows a child better than the people who look after them every day. Make those people an integral part of the conversation—not an afterthought. We provide parents with information and tools to navigate and to demand high-quality schools for their kids.
SHAPE POLICIES THAT PUT KIDS FIRST.
When structures get in the way of high-quality education, we use parent feedback to change those systems. We focus on “kids-first” policies that support fair access to educational opportunities, fairer funding, and transparent school quality information.
MOVE THE MOVABLE MIDDLE.
100,000 kids are enrolled in “ok” schools, that are just a step away from becoming great schools. We support innovative leaders whose schools are mid-performers but are poised to improve—and create better opportunities for kids in the process.
New Schools for Chicago is a non-profit organization that relies on the support of the civic, business, and philanthropic communities. Please join us as we transform Chicago into a world-class leader in education.
STRONGER SCHOOLS. STRONGER CHICAGO.
Imagine a Chicago where every child in every community has access to a world-class education—the kind that opens the doors to new opportunities in college, career, and life. These exceptional schools offer an array of unique and innovative programming, and 100% of our students not only graduate, but graduate with the skills to shape our city and the world for the better. Help us take Chicago’s public education system another “impossible” leap forward. Together, we can create a system where every kid defies gravity—a system that ensures equitable access to quality, funding, and transparent information in all communities—a system that can change the world.
WHO IS SITTING IN THOSE SEATS?
There are over 380,000 students in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system. When we compare student and school performance data from 2011 to 2017, we see that although there are significantly fewer low-quality schools, there are still many under-performing schools that are providing nearly 50,000 students with a “failing seat”. We define “failing” as those school’s with two-year School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) averages of below 3.0 for multiple years as those students are not performing at grade level or growing at a rate that will allow them to eventually become competitive with their peers nationally. Simply put, they are behind the average student and continue to fall further behind.
When we ask “Who is sitting in those seats?,” we see that far too many “failing seats” are in specific community areas – and some in large amounts – and are provided to more African American children than the proportion of their total enrollment numbers in CPS.