Chicago Schools Policy Luncheon Series

Policylunch_emailEach year, the Chicago Schools Policy Luncheon Series brings leading national experts and savvy local activists together to debate ongoing questions about the direction of school reform in our city. This year, the series will focus on school autonomy and accountability.

The speaker lineup is below. For more information and a registration form, click here.


School autonomy: National policy, local implementation

      Andrew Rotherham, Co-director, Education Sector
    * Joseph Palumbo, Senior Executive, Focus on Results


New Schools for New Orleans: A charter laboratory

    * Leslie Jacobs, Member, Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
    * Shenita Johnson Garrard, Director, Central Region of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA)


Chula Vista: Where charters helped reshape the district

    * Dennis Doyle, Assistant Superintendent of Operations, Services & Support, Chula Vista (Calif.) Schools
    * David Vitale, Chief Administrative Officer, Chicago Public Schools

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest
Catalyst Chicago
Illinois Network of Charter Schools

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

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  • Yesterday I received a newsletter from the UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools. The feature article started like this:

    Dear Mayor,

    If you really want to help close the achievement gap and reduce dropout rates, you will have to directly zero-in on matters that are keeping too many students from connecting effectively with good instruction.

    Good instruction, of course, is essential! It's a truism that schools continuously need to improve the quality of teaching. And, a logical role for you in this is to contribute to efforts to enhance the recruitment, preparation, ongoing capacity building, and retention of good teachers.

    But, as you know, better instruction alone cannot ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to succeed at school. Indeed, focusing mainly on improving instruction is a recipe for maintaining a very unsatisfactory status quo for too many students in urban schools and in poor rural areas. So, focusing on instruction is not where you can make your greatest contribution.

    You can find a link to the rest of this article, as well as view poverty maps that show where learning supports are most needed if you visit

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