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Friday, August 18, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (CDT)

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Civic Committee, CCA & ILJP Colleagues:

New Schools for Chicago invites you to a lunch-hour discussion of our new quality-focused report, Who is Sitting in Those Seats? The Students Most Affected by Chicago’s Lowest Performing Schools. 

Friday, August 18, 2017 | 12:00 to 1:30 pm

Report Briefing & Open Discussion 

Kindly RSVP above by Monday, August 14. Questions? Please contact Cathy Paliga or Kristin Pollock. 


About the Report: NSC's Quality Seats Report is a thorough analysis comparing Chicago schools' performance from 2011 to 2017. We placed a particular emphasis on identifying which kids, families, and neighborhoods are most impacted by low-performing schools. Our findings include:

  • CPS’ nearly 50,000 “failing seats” are highly concentrated in predominantly African American and Hispanic communities, with four communities – Austin, Englewood, Near West Side, and West Englewood – having 25 percent of Chicago’s failing schools. 
  • One in four African American students is enrolled in a school with a failing seat, compared to two in twenty-five Hispanic students, and two in one hundred white students.

Our intent with this report is not only to shed light on these disparities, but also to showcase the tremendous progress that Chicago has made to improve outcomes for all kids:

  • The total number of failing seats at CPS has decreased since 2011 when more than 161,000 students were in failing seats. 
  • In 2011, all of Chicago’s 77 communities had one or more failing school. Today, 36 Chicago communities have no failing schools. 
  • In fact, many top performing CPS non-selective enrollment elementary and high schools have large populations of low income and minority students. For example, five of the highest performing elementary schools have student populations that are more than 98 percent African American while nine high performing high schools have a combined African American and Hispanic population of 93 percent or higher.

The kind of progress that Chicago has made in recent years is rarely seen in large, complex districts like ours—and it is a testament to the effectiveness of the collective efforts of many partners working to ensure that no child is denied access to a high quality education. 

Have questions about New Schools for Chicago Lunch & Learn [Report Briefing] ? Contact New Schools for Chicago

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Civic Committee, Large Conference Room
21 S Clark St
Suite 4301
Chicago, Illinois 60603

Friday, August 18, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (CDT)

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