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  • Overview / Strategies
    Press Releases Lawsuit Frequently Asked Questions Support the Lawsuit Links Programs Center for Student Development Human Capital Entrepreneurship Housing Workforce Development IMPACT Leadership Development Program Careers Multimedia Digital Media Strategy nextTV Contact Policy Research Overview Strategies Office of Education Policy Current Studies Juvenile Justice Policy Initiatives Media Partners Community DONATE DONATE Donor Recognition Program Chicago Urban League Policy Research Overview Overview Strategies Office of Education Policy Education News Parent Resources

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  • Overview / Office of Education Policy
    Digital Media Strategy nextTV Contact Policy Research Overview Strategies Office of Education Policy Current Studies Juvenile Justice Policy Initiatives Media Partners Community DONATE DONATE Donor Recognition Program Chicago Urban League Policy Research Overview Overview Strategies Office of Education Policy Education News Parent Resources Current Studies Policy Initiaitives Media Superman is in the House Construction s Costly Decision Rethinking School Discipline Archived Reports Office of Education Policy The Office of Education Policy leads Chicago Urban League s engagement in the education dialogue of Illinois It is also a resource for parents community members and public officials searching for good information about public schools and education policy Opportunity Compact Education CUL recommends that changes in the state s public education funding structure be targeted to support the following four priorities Increasing Expectations for Students Ensuring High Needs Schools have High Quality teachers and Leaders Family Engagement in Learning Ensuring Quality Early Childhood Education Opportunity Compact Education Download Full Report Race to the Top Briefing As of March 5th Illinois has been selected as one of 16 Finalists for the 1st Round of Race to the Top Funding In 2009 President Obama announced an unprecedented financial commitment providing States with the opportunity to

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  • Overview / Education News
    2010 Recently the Illinois State board of Education approved a mandate that requires that preschools comply with rules already in place for English language learners in K 12 public schools The mandate which is the first of its kind in the nation requires that preschools with at least 20 students who speak the same language must offer bilingual education It also requires that and preschool teachers who have English learners in their class must hold an extra certification One concern amongst several is that this could cause segregation of preschool students Education Week covers the story Read More Chicago Public Schools recently unveiled plans for a new admissions system at its magnet and selective enrollment schools The changes have many parents worrying about how their students will fare This is the second change in two years to the very complicated process The Chicago tribune details parent frustrations here Read More America s Promise Alliance recently released a report showing that The United States is turning a corner in meeting the high school dropout epidemic according to General Colin L Powell The study which was introduced by America s promise Alliance a group founded by the former Secretary of State notes that graduation rates have increased from 72 in 2001 to 78 in 2008 The New York Times further explores this report here Read More 12 2 2010 12 8 2010 Schools across the state have been taking initiatives to improve teacher performance These methods are necessary to pull new teacher skill levels up to the most effective levels Several districts are taking advantage of resources that allow coaching for new teachers from veterans in the educational system Others are employing teamwork methods to allow teachers to learn from each other The promising methods are detailed by the Chicago Tribune Standards

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  • Overview / Parent Resources
    of Education Policy Education News Parent Resources Current Studies Policy Initiaitives Media Superman is in the House Construction s Costly Decision Rethinking School Discipline Archived Reports Parent Resources Parent Resources Article 12 6 Schools across the state have been taking initiatives to improve teacher performance These methods are necessary to pull new teacher skill levels up to the most effective levels Several districts are taking advantage of resources that allow

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  • Overview / Current Studies
    of Education Policy Education News Parent Resources Current Studies Policy Initiaitives Media Superman is in the House Construction s Costly Decision Rethinking School Discipline Archived Reports Current Studies African Americans Navigating Chicago s Professional Services Sector Facing Challenges Seizing Opportunities To download this report click here The Future of Economic Development for African Americans in the City of Chicago 2008 2018 In February 2008 the Chicago Urban League in partnership

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  • Overview / Policy Initiaitives
    Consent Events Litigation Press Releases Lawsuit Frequently Asked Questions Support the Lawsuit Links Programs Center for Student Development Human Capital Entrepreneurship Housing Workforce Development IMPACT Leadership Development Program Careers Multimedia Digital Media Strategy nextTV Contact Policy Research Overview Strategies Office of Education Policy Current Studies Juvenile Justice Policy Initiatives Media Partners Community DONATE DONATE Donor Recognition Program Chicago Urban League Policy Research Overview Overview Strategies Office of Education Policy Education

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  • Overview / Media
    Board of Education unable to act to solve the education crisis gripping our state Year upon year for hundreds of thousands of children of color Illinois has failed to provide adequate financial resources to give them the high quality education they need and deserve As our lawsuit noted African American and Latino students commonly attend schools that receive the lowest funding are saddled with the least qualified teachers have crumbling walls and leaky ceilings and chronic shortages of computers and new books 82 of minority children attend schools that are predominantly minority while 90 of whites attend schools that are majority white On average minority districts have 1 154 less annually to spend per pupil than do majority white districts Worst of all these sad realities create a corrosively low morale inside the classrooms that cripples teaching and learning Our lawsuit argues that Illinois property tax based school funding system as administered by the Illinois State Board of Education disparately impacts poor and minority children violates the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003 and must be changed The historic neglect we see in these majority minority schools can be devastating A new study by the Schott Foundation for Public Education reports that in Illinois 36 fewer black males graduate high school than do whites The immediate future looks threatening Chicago Public Schools the state s largest system now faces a budget crisis of unprecedented severity that has triggered layoffs of teachers and other staff necessitated increases in classroom sizes delayed crucial facilities maintenance and created a sinking Titanic like atmosphere inside CPS Clark Street headquarters Last spring Chicago Urban League published a policy statement we call the Opportunity Compact Education a blueprint that proposes inexpensive but effective strategies to address some of the problems besetting Illinois public schools Although the Compact recommends that these strategies be implemented in conjunction with fundamental changes in the state s education funding system the policies are also appropriate in this time of austerity delivering lots of bang for the educational buck Among them promote and expand early childhood programs to bring in larger numbers of Latino and African Americans build closer partnerships between schools and communities raise standards and expectations among parents students and schools overhaul the broken teacher tenure and evaluation process reward high performing teachers for working in low performing schools and close or turnaround chronically low performing schools Critics may ask how can Illinois afford to reform our funding system in the midst of a fiscal crisis To this we remind Illinoisans that it would be a terrible mistake to view education as anything other than the highest economic priority The swelling ranks of unemployed young people who have dropped out of school and are unable to find work thought to be 2 million or more in Illinois alone pose a threat to the economic productivity of the state The workforce of tomorrow will consist largely of today s young black and brown people and poor education will likely confine these

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  • Overview / Superman is in the House
    debating some of the thorniest issues at the heart of the public school crisis The timing could not be better As with the rest of the nation Chicago faces difficult choices in the months ahead With a change in leadership coming to City Hall next year for the first time in two decades and with only modest results to show for the mayor s signature Renaissance 2010 school reform initiative a new direction is called for In the short term mounting fiscal shortfalls will surely result in even further cuts to Chicago Public Schools skin and bones educational budget leaving administrators to grapple with the same persistently failing schools and low graduation rates we ve seen for years Only now economic circumstances will be even more deeply unfavorable And once again poor and minority children will be the first to get shortchanged But the buzz among parents administrators reformers and teachers over the merits of Waiting for Superman may illuminate a point that has become all but lost in the endless squabbling over who s to blame The point is that success within the four walls of the classroom will never come until we also find a way to bolster the communities outside of it Superman is not a teacher not a charter school not a principal superintendent or a mayor He is not another research study or a speech He is all of us students teachers principals parents communities businesses and government working in concert on an broad scale Geoffrey Canada understands that point The Harlem Children s Zone creator and one of the stars of Waiting for Superman positively transformed a section of Harlem through an extraordinary and expensive net of wraparound services Delivering children from the grinder of poverty requires attention to the health of the home

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