Solving problems such as making schools safer and cutting the dropout rate will take input from those on the front lines in schools—parents, teachers and community activists. Here’s what parents, a veteran teacher and a leader from one of the city’s most vocal community groups told Catalyst Chicago about the direction CPS needs to take in the coming years.

Vanessa Johnson

High School English Teacher

Dorothy McGhee

High school parent, activist

Maria Guzman

Parent, activist

Lynn Morton

Community activist, parent

Janette Beaton

Elementary school parent, activist

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