CPS Announces Investment in State-of-the-Art High School Science Labs

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson announced a $75 million investment in high schools throughout the City of Chicago to add, upgrade or renovate science labs and ensure all students receive a robust science education that prepares them to excel in 21st Century careers. In 2017, CPS announced a realignment of its high school science curriculum and graduation requirements to provide a more comprehensive science education that aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This $75 million investment will support new or renovated labs at 82 high schools over the next three years, which will help students meet the new graduation requirement and prepare them for rigorous college coursework.  This investment will ensure every high school has state-of-the-art science equipment and a lab layout that’s designed to facilitate learning in the same location as the experiments, which encourages collaborative laboratory activities that support student learning. Additionally, CPS science teachers will be trained to implement the new science curriculum through workshops with Northwestern’s Baxter Center for Science Education, in addition to other professional learning opportunities.

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