Our future is dependent upon how we educate our kids

Why we’re involved

Most of Chicago’s students drop out or fail to achieve college-readiness – and student achievement is at a standstill.  In the city’s neighborhood schools, few students have the tools they need to succeed in college. 

We need a credible source to gauge student achievement.  And students and their parents need more school choices.  That means charter schools and contract schools.

What we’ve done

The Civic Committee was at the forefront of charter school legislation in 1996 and played a key role in increasing the number of charter schools in 2003 and 2010.

To foster the movement, we created New Schools for Chicago to deal with the issue of school choice head-on.  A full-time staff aggressively advocates for and supports charter schools in Chicago.  

Another one of our affiliated organizations, The Civic Consulting Alliance, restructured the City Colleges of Chicago to improve the quality of education and provide students with the necessary skills for finishing college and finding gainful employment.

The Civic Committee itself has released multiple reports evaluating student learning, exposing stark truths and emphasizing the importance of quality teachers.

What we’ve learned

As a thought leader on education, we have produced the following reports:

Still Left Behind (2009)
Left Behind (2003)
Improving Results: Transforming the Teaching Profession in Illinois

And that’s not all 

Our commitment to education is not new.  Over the last two decades, we have worked on school reform, school quality, school funding and teacher and principal quality at the state level.