This Week in CPS, All Eyes Are on Oak Park

Last night, Starz premiered its new series, “America to Me,” a documentary focusing on the experiences of students at Oak Park River Forest High School. The series is already generating buzz. This conversation between director Steve James and former Oak Park middle school principal LeeAndra Khan previously appeared on Education Post. Two summers ago, I wrote an essay called “The…

Vic Mensa Is Looking Out for Our Kids Better Than the Police

Vic Mensa for the m’fn win! This weekend, he hosted the Anti-Bait Truck event in West Englewood in response to the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and Norfolk Southern’s attempt to bait people in that community into stealing gym shoes. This Sunday my foundation @savemoneysavelife is giving away THOUSANDS of shoes on a Anti-Bait Truck in Englewood on 2050 W 59th…

A Savvy Principal and a Strategic Partnership Take Jahn to New Heights

Today, Jahn Elementary in West Lakeview is a school on the upswing. Many classrooms have both a teacher and a co-teacher working with students. As needed, classroom aides also assist.  The school’s fine arts focus includes visual arts, music and dance. In the last two school years, Jahn students have made remarkable gains in math and literacy as measured by…

While the Media Play Blind Men with the Elephant, GoCPS Marks a Win for Families

The ancient Indian parable of the blind men and the elephant comes to mind reading the coverage of the new report from the Chicago Consortium on School Research about Chicago’s universal enrollment system, GoCPS, which rolled out last year. Everyone found a different bit of the truth based on their own areas of interest. The key finding is that GoCPS…