Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with leaders and partners of the Chicago Public Education Fund this evening and applauded the organization’s new investments, which are aligned with the Mayor’s key priorities around creating new school models, improving leadership and developing teacher talent through stronger evaluation.
“I’m grateful to the Public Education Fund for it support of our efforts to transform public education in Chicago,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “With their help, we will achieve our goal of providing every child in every community throughout the city with a world-class education.”
The Mayor and Fund Chairman Brian Simmons also announced that Beth Swanson, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Education to the Mayor, will join the Fund board in a non-voting role to ensure ongoing communication, support and alignment with the City.
"Mayor Emanuel’s incredible vision and JC Brizard’s leadership of CPS affords us an incredible opportunity to rethink our own strategy and start anew with a fresh approach and a higher bar," said Brian Simmons, chairman of the Chicago Public Education Fund and a managing partner of CHS Capital, LLC. “From the start, our Mayor has made improving education a top priority. Together, we are going to work toward this singular goal: creating the best urban school system in America.”
Created in 2001, the Chicago Public Education Fund was the first private venture philanthropy in the city devoted to education and one of the first in the nation to bet on talent as the most powerful lever of change in schools. The Fund’s Board of Directors is comprised of prominent Chicago corporate and civic leaders, who invest a significant amount of time and personal dollars in these priorities.
“We are excited about the partnership between the Fund and CPS, which will help us ensure that our children receive the quality education they need and deserve,” said CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. “Our children need every tool available to be able to compete and win.”
At the Fund’s “Our Path Forward” event, Simmons outlined $3 million of new investments in three key areas:
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