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Report: A City That Works
This CTU report explains why unfunded CPS mandates to “improve” post-secondary outcomes for students will fail without an adequate investment in students and staffing.
CPS gives superficial attention to the issue of social-emotional learning, but will not commit resources to do the job right. The lack of social workers in CPS is appalling – the district has about 20 percent of the what the National Association of Social Workers recommends. Psychologists, school nurses, and counselors are in short supply as well, and class sizes in Chicago are among the highest in the state. This impacts a school population where a majority of students live in neighborhoods characterized by high levels of poverty, unemployment, lack of affordable housing and other issues associated with trauma. Instead of investing in resources to address trauma, CPS gives tens of millions of dollars to “investors.” Banks get paid on both ends – tax breaks (which result in less money for schools) and interest when the district then has to borrow money.
Through poor planning and racist policy decisions, CPS has deliberately undermined Englewood’s neighborhood high schools. Now, CPS is planning to "consolidate" (close) Harper, Hope, TEAM Englewood, and Robeson, under the guise of "giving Englewood students a high quality high school experience."
The Schools Chicago's Students Deserve