At the heart of the CPS equity-driven initiatives is our belief that every student deserves access to a high-quality education, regardless of their race, zip code, ability, or country of origin.
For us, equity is more than a series of stand-alone initiatives: it is the driving core value which informs every decision we make, from capital improvements to curriculum design.
Achieving our vision will require examining every inequity, mining every resource, and engaging every community until students in all corners of our city have access to the high-quality education they deserve.
—Janice K. Jackson, Ed.D, Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Public Schools
CPS defines equity as championing the individual cultures, identities, talents, abilities, languages, and interests of each student by ensuring they receive the necessary opportunities and resources to meet their unique needs and aspirations.
Achieving equity across the district requires attention from every member of our staff, schools, and communities. The CPS Office of Equity works hand-in-hand with every district office to ensure each undertaking is pursued with equity as a goal.
To drive progress on equity, the Office of Equity oversees the continually evolving draft CPS Equity Framework, a source of guidance, tools, evidence-based ideas, and resources for CPS staff, partners, and community members addressing complex equity issues.
The Equity Framework is the result of ongoing, thoughtful partnerships with stakeholders committed to advancing educational equity for all students, including central and network office staff, principals, educators, parents, students, and community partners. To create the Equity Framework, the Office of Equity also reviewed current research, frameworks, and practice on equity and inequity in schools, districts and municipal governing bodies, and we collaborated with the Building Equitable Learning Environment (BELE) Network.
Learn more about the CPS Office of Equity.
The CPS Office of Equity was established in September 2018 as the city of Chicago’s first office devoted solely to equity in education.