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We’re The Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education.

Our Values

“We believe that to whom much is given, much is required.”

“We believe that age is not an accomplishment and youth is not a sin. We must learn from both.”

“We believe that love is the cornerstone of our work and drives everything we do.”

“We believe that collaboration has no hierarchy and is vital to sustainability.”

“We believe that everyone has the potential to be a leader and we create an environment to cultivate their growth.”

“We believe in meeting people where they are and helping them grow.”

“We believe in starting with our communities of greatest need.”

“We believe that a lack of resources should not hinder success.”

“We believe that investing in our young people today will ultimately change the world.”

  • Chicago Public Schools (CPS) understands the challenges facing them and is working to address this issue head-on. In fact, last year (2015-2016) CPS reported a record graduation rate of 73.5 percent1, up from about 50 percent just ten years earlier. Fifteen years ago, the graduation rate was below 50 percent.
  • Illinois education funding grew at a rapid pace between 1993 and 2012: federal funding grew 4.1 times to $3.6 billion, state funding grew 2.7 times to $9.3 billion and local funding grew 2.6 times to $15.8 billion.
  • In 2000, 90 percent of General State Aid funding went to property-poor school districts. Today, only half of every GSA dollar goes to these same districts.
  • Only 7 percent of Illinois’ 876 school districts attempted to fire a tenured teacher from 1987 to 2005.
  • Teachers in the Chicago Public Schools system make an average salary of $74,990a year – the highest of any city in U.S.. 41 percent of Illinois elementary school students are unable to do grade- level work in math and reading.
  • 47 percent of Illinois high school students are unable to do grade- level work in math and reading.
  • 54 percent of Illinois high school students are not ready for college, according to the ACT.
  • 45 percent of CPS graduates begin their senior year not doing well enough academically to attend a four-year college. After graduating, a majority of these students are neither employed nor in school.
  • The latest five-year graduation rate is 73.5 percent, CPS said. The rate has been rising steadily over the past five years, according to district figures, and in 2014-15 was 69.9 percent.
  • More than 20 percent of students at Chicago’s worst elementary schools are significantly behind grade level in reading, meaning they have a difficult time determining the main idea of a persuasive essay or plot of a short story.
  • Nearly half of all students at Chicago’s worst high schools are significantly behind grade level in math, meaning they can’t solve simple algebraic equations.
  • The latest five-year graduation rate is 73.5 percent, CPS said. The rate has been rising steadily over the past five years, according to district figures, and in 2014-15 was 69.9 percent.
  • CPS said 20,438 students graduated in 2015-16, part of a steady local graduation rate increase that's mirrored general national trends.
  • RACE & POVERTY DO NOT PREDETERMINE DESTINY Five of the highest performing elementary schools have African American populations exceeding 98%.
  • The only way to ensure all Chicago’s children have equitable access to a high-quality education is to ensure there is equity in access, accountability, and critically, in funding.

Our Values

“We believe that to whom much is given, much is required.”

“We believe that age is not an accomplishment and youth is not a sin. We must learn from both.”

“We believe that love is the cornerstone of our work and drives everything we do.”

“We believe that collaboration has no hierarchy and is vital to sustainability.”

“We believe that everyone has the potential to be a leader and we create an environment to cultivate their growth.”

“We believe in meeting people where they are and helping them grow.”

“We believe in starting with our communities of greatest need.”

“We believe that a lack of resources should not hinder success.”

“We believe that investing in our young people today will ultimately change the world.”