Welcome back!

Hi CPS Family and Friends,

I am excited to welcome you back to the 2019–20 school year! I hope your summer was enjoyable and you’re feeling rejuvenated and ready to start the new year.

There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of the CPS family. Our students earned nearly $1.5 billion in scholarship offers last year, and nearly half of graduates earned at least one early college or career credential. Our 78.9 percent graduation rate is an all-time high, more students are staying in school than ever before, and our elementary school students earned their highest-ever reading and math scores on the NWEA exam. Our schools are making tremendous progress, and we are thrilled to have our students back in school to learn and prepare for success in college and career. 
As we close out the first week, I wanted to share a few highlights from the past week. Please consider sharing them with your friends and families. Our fellow Chicagoans need to know that CPS is a district on the rise! 
I look forward to seeing all the ways our students will learn, explore, and pursue their dreams in the year ahead.
Thank you,

 - Janice 
A Day of Firsts
September 3 marked the start of another school year at CPS. It also marked the start of a brand new, state-of-the-art high school in Englewood; the first day for a resident teacher; and the first walk home of the year for students at De Diego.
A Day of Firsts

Our Students Continue to Set New Records


It takes a village to sustain the progress we have made. Our students, parents, families,  educators, and counselors have a lot to be proud of. This week kicks off the first full school year that will be guided by the CPS Five-Year Vision. This is a roadmap that builds on our historic progress while doubling down on our commitment to provide every child from every community in Chicago with equitable access to the high-quality education they deserve. 

The First Week in One Minute

We dropped in on seven schools for the first week of school.
Seven Schools in One Minute
Resident's Guide

The Resident's Guide to the FY20 Budget


As a district, it’s crucial that we are transparent about how we use taxpayer dollars to provide a high-quality education for students. In addition to the detailed budget book we post every year at cps.edu/budget, we have also created a Resident’s Guide to the Budget which provides a streamlined breakdown of this year’s operating budget, capital budget, and debt obligations in easier-to-understand language. We hope you find it useful.  
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