CHICAGO—Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today joined Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson in announcing a series of investments in CPS schools over the next five years designed to increase equity and meet the needs of all students. After meeting with dozens of teachers, principals, parents, and community members to hear their ideas for improving education in Chicago, Mayor Lightfoot and Dr. Jackson have committed to reexamining school funding, expanding staffing, and strengthening career and technical education (CTE) programming. These changes will give schools and educators more resources to meet the changing needs of their students, and to ensure better academic outcomes for all learners.
“Chicago’s students are making continued progress, thanks to the unwavering commitment by teachers and school leaders all throughout the city,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “Over the past weeks, we’ve met with educators and community members from across the city to learn about how we can address the needs facing our school communities and better meet students where they are. The improvements we are making are a direct result of those conversations and will better support schools across the city in providing a safe, healthy and inclusive experience for all of our children.”
Earlier today, Mayor Lightfoot sent CEO Jackson a letter memorializing the following commitments that the two leaders are making to better support student achievement:
“CPS schools have never been stronger, but to continue our exceptional progress we must increase our investment in the resources our students need most and ensure equity is our north star,” said CPS CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson. “The commitments announced today will help ensure our schools reach new heights and guarantee that every child in Chicago receives a high-quality education that meets their unique needs.”
Throughout the summer, Mayor Lightfoot convened a series of roundtable meetings with teachers, principals, parents, and community members. During discussions about the most pressing issues facing schools today, educators highlighted some of the barriers students face, including student trauma and poverty, as well as some key solutions including expanded social emotional learning and expanded career training. These conversations informed the investments announced today, which are designed to address barriers to student learning and inequities within the district.
Mayor Lightfoot is committed to supporting equitable funding and resources to support the needs of students and families in every neighborhood. Since entering office, Mayor Lightfoot has implemented a series of reforms designed to improve education and address the barriers faced by school communities in Chicago. Among these reforms, was the appointment of a new school board that represents Chicago’s students, families and communities and that will work to confront inequity in schools, support educators and invest in the academic success of every student.
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