CPS chief unveils beefed up curriculum at City Club luncheon

Tribune reporter

In a luncheon with civic leaders from the famed City Club today, Chicago Public Schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard unveiled the district's plans to adopt a more rigorous curriculum to coincide with a longer school day beginning in the 2012-13 school year.

A handful of CPS schools are expected to implement this new Common Core State Standards curriculum this school year, focusing on boosting student performance in core subjects such as math and reading. CPS has not yet announced which schools will participate.

Brizard said the new curriculum "will help our children get back on track toward being competitive with their peers across the country."

CPS, the nation's third-largest public school system, has chronically lagged behind other large, urban districts in the U.S. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made turning around CPS a centerpiece of his first year in office.

Most states in the U.S. have already adopted the Common Core State Standards, a national push to improve student proficiency in literarcy and math, among other subjects.

"There is much to be done in terms of changing the culture in this city so people have higher expectations," Brizard said.


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