The School Project

Over the 2014-2015 school year, The School Project hosted six community screening events in Chicago on a variety of topics critical to the future of public education in the Windy City. From school closures to charters to testing, The School Project brought a diverse community of Chicagoans in the room and online together to debate, discuss, and brainstorm solutions to making our schools do right by our kids.

  1. In 1987, U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett made headlines when he claimed that Chicago had the worst school district in the nation. Why did his comment have so much staying power, and what has it meant for school reform in the last two decades?
  2. Chicago Schools - The Worst in the Nation?
  3. As the audience filtered into the Chicago History Museum for our first screening, we asked them to tell us about their ideas and hopes for The School Project. We captured their answers on Instagram:
  4. #theschoolproject is: Putting children first!
    #theschoolproject is: Putting children first!
  5. Andre's school project: Making schools safer for transgender youth. #theschoolproject
    Andre's school project: Making schools safer for transgender youth. #theschoolproject
  6. Above all else, #theschoolproject means equality for all kids
    Above all else, #theschoolproject means equality for all kids
  7. On May 22, 2013 the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced that 50 schools would be permanently closed making it the largest school closings in American history. The School Project followed one family that was affected by the school closings as they navigate the process, and explores the larger implications of this policy with experts like Terry Mazany, Andrea Zopp, Jitu Brown, Wendy Katten, David Vitale, Stephanie Farmer, and Karen Lewis.

    The event opened with a presentation by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, which presented new research on where the 10,000 children affected by the closings ended up.
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  9. Chicago Public Schools: Closed
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