CPS Announces Investments in Academic Programming

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Education

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Education

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced an $18 million multi-year investment to expand high-quality academic programs for nearly 10,000 CPS students at 22 elementary and high schools across the city. The $18 million investment will support staffing, training and learning resources for programs including International Baccalaureate (IB), STEM and Dual Language over the next six years. New high-quality programming will benefit a student population that is approximately 80 percent low-income. By prioritizing resources that address community needs, the investments announced fill programmatic gaps in 11 of the 16 regions outlined in the district’s Annual Regional Analysis (ARA), including the district’s first Early College STEAM programs at North-Grand and Uplift High Schools, the district’s first Gifted program on the West Side at Morton School of Excellence and first Fine & Performing Arts High School in the Greater Calumet (Far South Side) region at Julian High School.

In order to learn more about the unique needs in each region of the city, CPS will hold four virtual community workshops this summer. Each workshop will give attendees an opportunity to provide feedback and ideas on the ARA and learn more about how it connects to the district’s recent community engagement efforts on SQRP, school funding, capital planning and more. Families can register for the following meetings with the links below, or by visiting cps.edu/ara.

South Regions (Bronzeville / South Lakefront, Greater Stony Island, Greater Calumet, South Side):
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. CDT
Link: https://cpsarasouth.eventbrite.com

Southwest Regions (Pilsen / Little Village, Greater Stockyards, Greater Midway, Far Southwest Side):
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 from 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. CDT
Link: https://cpsarasouthwest.eventbrite.com

Central/West Regions (Greater Milwaukee Avenue, West Side, Near West Side, Central Area):
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 from 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. CDT
Link: https://cpsaracentral.eventbrite.com

North/Northwest Regions (North Lakefront, Northwest Side, Far Northwest Side, Greater Lincoln Park):
Thursday, July 9, 2020 from 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. CDT
Link: https://cpsaranorth.eventbrite.com

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