Catalyst In A Box

Comings and Goings The board extended a contract with the Erikson Institute that will allow Barbara Bowman,
a professor at the institute, to continue as the districts chief
officer of early childhood education for another year.

Chicago-style reform sells
Since CEO Arne Duncan took the helm, private and government grants have
skyrocketed from $2 million to $29 million. Funders say that steady
leadership and a focus on crafting long-term improvements is whats
paying off for the district.

'A place you can call your own'
Two years into the initiative,
Renaissance Schools Fund has passed the halfway mark. It is making
headway by focusing most of its resources on matchmaking new school
operators directly with donors, and taking a backseat once those
relationships are made.

Cashing in, getting extras
Only 18 of the citys public schoolsless than 3 percent of some 600
elementary and high schoolshave parent or community affinity groups
that have raised more than $50,000 in any of the past three years.

Charter fundraising varies widely
This school year, Chicagos 22 charter schools plan to raise some $12
million in private contributions. But their dependence on fundraising
varies widely.

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