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  • Sports and Fundraising

    Sports are integral to the typical high school experience, but many schools have to scrape together money to field teams. It’s all part of the race to raise private dollars to provide a well-rounded education.

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  • The new treatment center

    Chicago Reporter Spring 2015

    Spring 2015 | The city’s frayed mental health safety net has contributed to the criminalization of people living with mental illness, especially on the South and West sides. It creates a pipeline to Cook County Jail that runs straight through these predominantly African-American and Latino communities, adding to the disproportionate number of people of color behind bars.

  • After Horner

    Winter 2015 | When the towers at the Near West Side public housing development came down, they were replaced by mixed-income housing. But can the new community at the former Henry Horner Homes overcome barriers of race and class? 

  • College Persistence

    More CPS graduates are enrolling in college than ever before. The district wants to raise college completion for CPS alumni to 60 percent. But money, academics and cultural challenges make for a rocky path to a degree.

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  • Catalyst 25th Anniversary

    CAT25thAnniversaryEPSThis year, Catalyst Chicago marks a quarter century of award-winning, in-depth reporting on education in Chicago. And we want you to be part of a year-long celebration aimed at getting more people involved in an informed dialogue about what matters most for our city’s students and their families.

  • The race for City Hall

    Catalyst Chicago issue cover, published Nov 2014

    Jobs and schools promise to be top issues in next year’s city elections. The mayor’s education agenda faces its toughest test in the African-American communities that gave him strong support in 2011.

  • Drugs in schools

    Catalyst Chicago issue cover, published Jul 2014

    Most drug violations in CPS involve an ounce or less of marijuana. Schools are quick to call police, yet rarely have the resources to offer education, counseling or other non-punitive help to students.

  • Pay to play

    Summer 2014 | While spending on Chicago parks has become more equitable along racial lines in recent decades, wealthier communities still tend to receive the most money for upgrades.

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  • Teacher turnover

    Catalyst Chicago issue cover, published May 2014

    CPS has never had a strong, districtwide program of teacher induction and mentoring to stem an attrition rate that is higher than the national average. Instead, efforts to retain teachers depend on smaller-scale programs and individual principals who make it a goal to empower—and keep—their teachers.