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In-Person Learning Plan Creates Adverse Learning Conditions
Plan Has a Disproportionate Negative Impact on Black and Hispanic Students

This year, Juneteenth takes on a special significance, the historic signing by President Biden, making Juneteenth a federal holiday.
Yes, let’s reopen our schools. But let’s also rethink how our schools operate.

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?

A growing number of college-bound high school seniors and their parents would now prefer a college or university closer to home, according to a new report released today by Brian Communications, a national strategic communications agency.

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.

It is time Congress and the president support education with the resources needed during this COVID-19 crisis.

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.