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CPS CEO Pedro Martinez

Stop Pretending Tweaking Selective Enrollment Will Get Kids Equity

Last night, I finally got around to watching the video Chicago Public Schools released back in March to explain its proposed options for changing how students are admitted to selective enrollment schools. Take a look for yourself: True to form, Chicago Public Schools wants us to think they are all about equity, when in fact they are, at best, barely…

CPS High School and Academic Cut Scores for the 2022-23 School Year

‘Tis the season once again for high school admissions in Chicago.  The CPS Office of Access and Enrollment released High School Round 1 results on Friday, March 18.  CPS recently announced that they have extended the Round 1 decision deadline to Monday, April 4 at 5 PM CT.  CPS has announced upcoming changes to the selective enrollment admissions process for…

This CPS Sub Will Be Keeping Her Masks On, And Hopes Others Will, Too

We’re all struggling with heightened anxiety these days. And for subs, the nature of our job is not conducive to relaxation. Simply being a substitute teacher in Chicago Public Schools is not a job for someone who relies on order and predictability. Most of the time you are expected to just jump in and get to work, making sure that 15 or 30 or 50 children somewhere between the ages of 4 and 21 have a relatively successful school day and learn something, and that nobody gets hurt or dies in the process.

How Many High School Counselors Now, like Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Then, Are Still Telling Black Teens ‘Don’t Set Your Sights So High?’

As we as a nation watch the confirmation process that Judge Brown Jackson will traverse over the next few weeks, we should use this as an opportunity to reflect on our nation’s education system. If our public and private k-12 education system was up for confirmation would we have the courage to acknowledge its faults and take deliberate and purposeful action to solve the inherent built-in inequities that deny Black and Latino students their ability to fulfill their full potential?

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