New Schools for Chicago (NSC) and The Commercial Club of Chicago were honored to host Chicago Public Schools’ new Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Janice Jackson, as the guest speaker for February’s Commercial Club Luncheon.
New Schools for Chicago Board Chairman, Pat Canning of KPMG, welcomed Dr. Jackson to her new role and began the event by acknowledging the tremendous leadership of New Schools board members—especially those founding members whose decades-long commitment to education has been instrumental to the transformation of Chicago education.
During her presentation, Dr. Jackson spoke about the incredible gains in academic outcomes for children spurred by the Civic Committee and New Schools for Chicago. Through 2003's Left Behind
report, the introduction of greater school choice via Renaissance 2010, and New Schools for Chicago's current support in data and accountability measures, she acknowledged that Chicago’s civic partners have led an era dramatic improvement.
In the past 15 years, Chicago has experienced unprecedented gains including reaching a record-breaking graduation rate of nearly 80%, alongside significant improvements in math and reading. These achievements have garnered national attention.
“I appreciated her acknowledging the collaboration with New Schools for Chicago, and how we work together to make sure every single Chicago student has access to great options,” said Natalie Neris, NSC Board Member and Executive Director of Namaste Charter School.
New Schools and CPS partner closely on a number of high-impact initiatives that are aimed at ensuring Chicago’s public education system works for students and families in every community. Together, NSC and CPS supported GoCPS, the district’s first single application for all CPS public high schools. Launched in October 2017, GoCPS has dramatically simplified the high school application process, improving access and equity for all 26,000 rising CPS 9th graders.
We thank Dr. Jackson for joining us this month, and for her commitment to delivering high-quality education for all students in Chicago.