Chicago offers a first look at its $135 million curriculum overhaul

By: | June 18, 2021

In a glossy YouTube unveiling, Chicago Public Schools offered a preview of its new, centralized $135 million curriculum called Skyline.

The district launched the curriculum project in 2019 and developed the curriculum bank with four publishers; a group of 300 district teachers customized it.

Schools chief Janice Jackson and chief education officer, LaTanya McDade often have touted the value of a curriculum bank offering rich resources and culturally relevant materials to every school and teacher in the district.

In defending the $135 million cost, the pair said that teachers didn’t always have access to high-quality curriculum materials. While schools with more wealth could afford to purchase lessons and resources, higher-need schools had to scramble for curriculum or make do with outdated resources.

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