School Year 2016-2017
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Reflecting on School Year 2016-2017 & Looking Ahead

As the 2016-2017 school year has come to a close and we head into summer, the New Schools for Chicago team reflects on the impact of our collective work together to strengthen Chicago’s educational ecosystem.

  • Through our School Improvement Initiative, we've bolstered the performance of two mid-performing charter schools and expanded our reach to include five schools in Cohort II. Our successful model has already been replicated within the district—which signals we’re heading in the right direction for broader application in our city and in other large urban areas. Learn more. 
  • Last fall, we launched Kids First Chicago to provide parents and families with the information and tools to access high-quality schools and to shape education policy to place their children first. Our field team has grown a deep presence in some of the city’s most complex neighborhoods—Austin, Belmont Cragin, Roseland/West Pullman—and has generated goodwill from parents, schools and the district alike. Further, we continue to provide unique opportunities for parents to engage with district leadership around the issues that matter most.
As we think about the year ahead, we are excited to continue to engage families around the new single application process and partner with CPS in training school and community leaders to assist parents and students in identifying and navigating to high-quality schools. 

Our policy advocacy continues full steam ahead, as we pursue the changes needed to make high-quality educational options more accessible, equitable, and transparent for all Chicagoans. We continue to share resources and insights on Chicago schools with the district, community, education, local and state leaders—all who will make important decisions that will impact Chicago public education for decades. We urge our leaders to put kids and families first—and set aside politics.  

We recognize that our progress isn’t New Schools’ alone—we could not have accomplished these critical gains without the support of Chicago's business leaders, foundations, individuals, and countless partners who have all pledged, with us, to ensure that no child is denied access to a high-quality education.

Thank you for all you do to support Chicago's children.  
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