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The Chicago Principals & Administrators Association has released a plan -- Return to an

Less than 17% of principals and assistant principals believe the district is prepared and ready to open schools.

CPAA president, Troy LaRaviere, participated in a joint school reopening press conference with the Chicago Teachers Union.

Two months ago, CPS’s Talent Office announced there was no money in the district’s budget for principal and assistant principal raises. This morning, however, they announced a four-year $15,000 raise for principals and assistant principals.

What happened to change their minds?

I just got off the phone with Dr. Emily Oster, a strong advocate for reopening schools. She maintains the country's most cited school reopening database. She is one of several leading experts I've spoken with. I conferred with her specifically because CPS cites her data frequently to justify their reopening plan.

On November 13, 2020, I sent the following letter to the Chicago Board of Education and the district's CEO. The Mayor and the Deputy Mayor of Education were copied as well.


The Latino Policy Forum is a multifaceted organization and they conduct research to determine which public policies have the greatest impact on Latinos' well-being and society's well-being in general. Then they get people involved in improving policies at all levels of public decision-making. (For more info about the Latino Policy Forum, click HERE.)

Around the start of this school year, it was reported that Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson’s chief of staff, Pedro Soto, was charged with lying to the FBI about his role in an apparent bid-rigging and bribery scheme. Soto is alleged to have passed secret information to a company bidding for a $1 billion CPS custodial contract in 2016. Jackson responded by portraying Soto’s alleged crimes as a “betrayal of trust.” 

Dear Colleagues:

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, I made the statement below to the Chicago Board of Education and CPS management: