We invite you to explore our recent publications and reports.
On Friday, April 17, 2020, Illinois joined over 30 other states, and counting, in extending its mandated statewide school closure through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, in response to the public health crisis surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020 has been one of the most challenging years in our lifetimes. The pandemic exposed and deepened every inequity embedded in our society’s fabric. It is hard to find clarity and optimism when we look at the hardships that Black and Brown families endure during this painful, uncertain time.
Parent Voice + Research = Big Win for Chicago Families
In August 2018, New Schools for Chicago adopted Kids First Chicago as the name for all that we do. This name better embodies our new strategic direction introduced in 2015.
In late 2016, we began a comprehensive review of school quality and performance data of all Chicago Public Schools with the aim of both highlighting areas where the district has improved in recent years and calling on all stakeholders and Chicago residents to take renewed action to improve quality and equity within Chicago Public Schools.
In January 2017, we organized 10 parent focus groups with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and the Institute for Innovation in Public School Choice.
In 2015, we engaged in an organizational restructure. We recognized that the market had shifted and our strategies needed to shift as well. Our new approach is designed to ensure that families continue to have the options they want, that schools are high quality, and that policies put kids first.