CPS Spending $10M on Sustainable Schools Pilot Program

Twenty Chicago public elementary and high schools will split $10 million in a new pilot program aimed at connecting school communities with local after-school, health and family engagement services.

Chicago Public Schools this week announced it is launching the Sustainable Community Schools Initiative, a new pilot program the district promises will connect these schools with neighborhood organizations to connect families with additional academic and non-academic services in their communities. This comes after the Chicago Teachers Union says it fought to include just this type of program in its current labor contract with CPS.

“Today is a good day for our schools, it’s a good day for community education and it’s a good day for the working class communities that make up the backbone and the heart of this city,” CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey told the media Wednesday morning.

These schools, which are mainly located on the South and West sides of the city, will each receive $500,000 in district funding for the upcoming school year. CPS said that money will be used to help build supportive classroom environments that work with social support services to strengthen student achievement.

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