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Dear Friends and Partners,

Kids First Chicago is very proud to highlight and share the recently released report called the Annual Regional Analysis (ARA). We’ve worked hand-in-hand with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) over the past year to develop this report and to brief over one hundred community and city leaders to explain its content and highlight key findings. These meetings have already begun to spur discussions with community leaders and education advocates on ways they might utilize the data for their own work throughout the city.

To support all stakeholders in accessing, digesting, and utilizing the ARA we’ve created a series of tools and resources:

The ARA features publicly available data from the district, but in collaboration with CPS, we designed it in a more easily digestible format that includes maps, graphs and key performance metrics for city regions. The goal is to provide community leaders, policymakers, parents, and educators with an easy-to-access collection of data from which they can all work from when developing education reforms together.

“I believe that it’s our job as a district to connect the dots and make sure that parents and community members — as well as educators, who are the best people suited to make decisions about what should happen in their schools and community — have all of that information in one spot so that they can make decisions with the district, and not have the district make decisions for them,” said Dr. Jackson in a recent Chicago Tribune Article.

We commend the leadership of CPS CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson and her team for their transparency, and for emphasizing that the data are presented in a clear and compelling way for community leaders to use to develop new strategies for improvements to schools, neighborhood-by-neighborhood.
 
Sincerely, 

The Kids First Chicago Team

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Our journey started in 2004 when a group of leaders—many of whom we are fortunate to still count among our champions—set an audacious goal to help bring 100 new schools to our most complex communities. Our goals are no less ambitious today as we seek to transform the system so that 50,000 more kids have access to quality schools by 2020.

We invite you to view (and share!) the short "trailer" video describing our journey.

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