Powering progress in Chicago’s public schools

The Chicago Public Education Fund (The Fund) is a nonprofit organization that improves public schools in Chicago by investing in the talented educators who lead them.
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Chicago Leads

A $50 million campaign to support Chicago’s strongest aspiring, developing, and veteran principals in their work with more than 600 school communities citywide.

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83%

OF CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS SERVED BY FUND INVESTMENTS
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519

AVERAGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS IMPACTED BY ONE CHICAGO PRINCIPAL
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$100M+

INVESTED BY THE FUND TO IMPROVE CHICAGO’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“As a principal, I often turned to The Fund for support on innovative initiatives at my school. Now as a district leader, I continue to work with The Fund to help principals across the city lead innovation in their own schools and communities.”

Chicago Public Schools
BOGDANA CHKOUMBOVA, Chief Education Officer

New Report on Local School Councils

Local Decision-Makers in Our Schools

Local School Councils (LSCs) are a defining and unique aspect of Chicago Public Schools (CPS), playing an important role in school governance and community engagement since 1988. With Chicago’s public schools experiencing significant change, including the transition to an elected school board and the end of federal COVID-19 funding, strong LSCs are more important than ever in ensuring that school-level decisions are grounded in the needs of each community.

Given the connection LSCs have to principals, we have become increasingly engaged in their important work. This baseline report shares data from a citywide survey of nearly 560 LSC members, showcases stories of the positive impact LSCs have on school communities, and highlights areas where we plan to further support LSCs.

Our Approach

We invest in data-driven strategies that increase the number of strong leaders in Chicago’s public schools. Our program, policy, and partnership efforts are designed to meet leaders where they are, to accelerate their growth, and to enable their retention

Our Values

The Fund is committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all our work. We are a trusted partner of Chicago’s district, charter, philanthropic, and civic communities. 

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