The 74 Million: Op Ed by Daniel Anello


The new universal application for high schools officially launched this morning, with a record 3,000 sign-ups in only a few hours.  Our team is excited to continue partnering with the district to ensure a successful implementation.



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The 74 Million: Op Ed by Daniel Anello


The new universal application for high schools officially opens next Monday, October 2, 2017 and our team continues to support families as they search for high-quality school options, and to support the district in a successful implementation of GoCPS.



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The 74 Million: Op Ed by Daniel Anello


I have spent the last 15 years of my life committed to serving students across Chicago as a teacher and a leader. But today, I am writing as the mother of two beautiful daughters—two girls who are depending on me to advocate for their future, just as your children depend on you.


Recently, I spent some time reflecting on my experience as a student in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and I realized I won the lottery.



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The 74 Million: Op Ed by Daniel Anello


Charlottesville is nowhere near my hometown of Crown Point, New York. Yet the recent acts of racist violence in Virginia stirred up a deep and familiar tension.  I spent a week trying to identify where I remembered this sense of anxiety from. Then I heard an interview on the radio with a gentleman from Mineville, less than 10 miles from where I grew up, and realized that gnawing feeling was the same one I felt as a teenager growing up here.



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The 74 Million: Op Ed by Daniel Anello


The New Schools for Chicago team is excited to welcome the leaders of Madison Elementary, Foundations College Prep, CICS ChicagoQuest, and Northwest Middle School to our School Improvement Grant Program. 





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The 74 Million: Op Ed by Daniel Anello


New Schools for Chicago commends our state leaders for passing wide-ranging legislation that provides the schoolchildren of Illinois with more adequate and equitable education funding. We thank our legislative leaders and the many advocates who worked diligently over the last few years to put kids first. 




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The 74 Million: Op Ed by Daniel Anello

New Schools for Chicago CEO, Daniel Anello featured in The 74 Million

As a black male and the leader of an organization committed to creating better school options for low-income families in Chicago, I couldn’t stop nodding my head as I read Derrell Bradford’s “For Black Families Focused on Education, the NAACP Just Committed ‘the Worst Kind of Betrayal.’ ”


But it was also a harsh reminder that the NAACP’s stance against charter schools gathers strength from the impression that the school choice movement is led by white billionaires, not communities of color.

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Training the Trainer, A Report on School Quality, and More! 

Last week, our Kids First Chicago field team trained community-based organizations from across the city on the school enrollment process—helping to arm them with methods and tools to help families choose the right school for their children. 


Read More. July, 2017 Vol. 1

1 of 4 African-American students stuck in subpar schools: report

One in four African-American students in Chicago Public Schools attends a “failing” school, according to a new analysis that puts the number for Hispanic students at two in 25 and, for white students, two in 100.


That’s according to a report Monday from the education advocacy group New Schools for Chicago, which also says about one in every five schools overall isn’t fulfilling the promise of a quality education.


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Breaking: A report by NSC focuses on quality seats in Chicago.

There are over 380,000 students in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system. When we compare student and school performance data from 2011 to 2017, we see that although there are significantly fewer low-quality schools, there are still many under-performing schools that are providing nearly 50,000 students with a “failing seat."  


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Reflecting on School Year 2016-2017 & Looking Ahead

As the 2016-2017 school year has come to a close and we head into summer, the New Schools for Chicago team reflects on the impact of our collective work together to strengthen Chicago’s educational ecosystem.



Read More. June 2017 Vol. 1

An On the Table discussion with CPS, speaking with students at Exelon's Stay in School event, and more! 


This month New Schools for Chicago (NSC) was excited to host a discussion between parents, educators and community members, alongside CPS' Janice Jackson.  Together the group explored CPS' new high school enrollment system, GoCPS.  Further, Daniel Anello represented New Schools for Chicago at Exelon's Stay in School event, and Board Member John Rowe hosted a preview of a forthcoming study by UChicago on behalf of NSC. 


Read More. May 2017 Vol. 1

Kids First Chicago, Build Chicago, Daniel Anello, and CPS' Dr. Janice Jackson Listen to Families' Questions around GoCPS

Chicago Public Schools’ latest school choice initiative, GoCPS, was the topic of conversation for an On the Table discussion hosted by Kids First Chicago and BUILD Chicago held at BUILD’s office, on May 16. Launched by the Chicago Community Trust (CCT) in 2014, On the Table is a day where dozens of rich and nuanced conversations addressing multiple issues across Chicago are held with the intended goal of fostering new relationships and creating a unifying experience.

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Single Application for Families Comes to CPS High Schools

Chicago Public Schools’ Board of Education announced at its latest monthly board meeting that rising eighth grade students will be able to apply to high schools using a single application – GoCPS. The move to GoCPS comes on the heels of school choice advocates, teachers, parents, and students calling for a less convoluted method for selecting the schools that best fit incoming CPS freshmen.


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CPS Aims to Simplify High School Applications With New ‘GoCPS’ Model

Chicago Public Schools is hoping to simplify its rigorous high school application process with a new plan promising to save time and limit headaches for families and students. The Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a new common application for students entering district high schools this fall. The new model, called “GoCPS,” is aimed at transparency and efficiency in that application process, according to CPS Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson.


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A Big Win for Chicago's Students and Families

The Chicago Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously in favor of moving to a single application for all public high schools in the city. This decision comes just after a recently released report from New Schools for Chicago and the Institute for Innovation in Public School Choice (IIPSC), which includes the feedback and recommendations of parents from across the city. 



Read More. April 2017 Vol. 1

Stop playing political games with our schools. 

Our state budget crisis continues to plague Springfield, threatening the financial future of every organization from Chicago Public Schools and our public universities to our social service programs that help thousands of Illinoisans every day. However, in Illinois, some of our elected leaders are more concerned with political wins than public service.


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The True Story on Academic Achievement at Chicago Public Schools

Last week, President Trump discussed Chicago’s students in a conversation with business executives at the White House, lamenting, “If you look at so many elements of education, and it’s so sad to see what’s coming — what’s happening in the country.”  We will not stand by and let President Trump diminish the hard work and incredible progress made by the students, families, teachers, and principals in Chicago’s public schools.


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A Single Application on the Horizon for CPS

Families in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) have the choice of 172 high schools with nearly 500 additional program choices, but accessing those choices that are both high-quality and a good fit, with a decentralized application process, is challenging, if not impossible.


Learn about our work to address parent needs. 


Read More. March 2017 Vol. 1

Universal Enrollment or the "Single Application"

By now, many people have seen the Chicago Tribune Article published at the end of January regarding the implementation of a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) common, or single, high school application. This shift is critical to increasing access to high-quality public schools to every family in Chicago. 


Read More. Feb. 2017 Vol. 1

Reflecting on Progress and Looking Ahead in 2017

Just over a year after we invested in this renewed vision, rather than 75,000 students in low-quality schools, we see that number reduced to 50,000.

We are proud to have been part of both direct and indirect gains in the district, and invite you to review our 2016 Progress Report, which includes updates on each area of our work, and an analysis of improvements across the district.


Read More. Jan. 2017 Vol. 1

We've been Featured in EdSurge News

Choice can be a powerful thing —provided you can evaluate, and act on, the options available to you. For decades, Chicago parents have been able to apply to send their kids to their school of choice—and they can put as many as 20 schools on their wish list.


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