Chicago Public Schools has become known nationwide as one of the more innovative big city school districts. This is mostly due to CPS’ aggressive expansion of new charter schools, selective enrollment schools and school “turnarounds”. Most of CPS’ attention, naturally, has been focused on improving quality of teachers and school management. A final leg of the stool remains — creating long-lasting, close partnerships with parents and the community. If this can be done well — CPS would truly cement the experiments of the past few years.
Let’s hope that CPS CEO, Jean Claude Brizard, gets this. He is creating a new position to oversee CPS strategy with parents and neighborhoods. Hopefully CPS will build upon the “Community Action Councils” formed last year… we have found that to be a very productive forum. Really glad to see the Sun Times weigh in on this today!