Overview of the 2016 New Schools Request for Proposals
Due to CPS' ongoing fiscal challenges, recent budget reduction estimates provided to District-run schools and efforts to secure equal funding from Springfield, the District is allowing charter applicants to revise their responses to this RFP. The District will update this timeline in the coming weeks.
We thank you for your patience and understanding on this matter as we continue to focus our attention to work with our partners in Springfield to secure equal funding for all of Chicago's children, and children throughout the state of Illinois.
At Chicago Public Schools (CPS), our vision is that every student in every neighborhood will be engaged in a rigorous, well-rounded instructional program and will graduate prepared for success in college, career, and life. To achieve this ambitious goal, we have identified several key strategic initiatives. The 2016 New Schools Request for Proposals (RFP) process to identify new high-quality school options represents one of these initiatives. The 2016 New Schools RFP seeks educational experts familiar with the complexities of urban school districts to apply to open, expand, and/or replicate the most promising programmatic designs that are intentionally focused on the achievement outcomes of all children.
The District is seeking teachers, administrators, national education management organizations, and current school leadership teams from Chicago and nationwide to respond to the RFP with proposals that demonstrate the capacity to run high quality new schools. New schools should embody the five pillars that CPS believes will help increase graduation rates, academic preparedness for college and career, entry into college, military, or employment, and persistence and success in college and employment:
Pillar 1: High standards, rigorous curriculum, and powerful instruction
Pillar 2: Systems of support that meet student needs
Pillar 3: Engaged and empowered families and community
Pillar 4: Committed and effective teachers, leaders, and staff, and
Pillar 5: Sound fiscal, operational, and accountability systems
Educators who would like to open a new charter, contract, or alternative “options” school should respond to the RFP with proposals for their school(s). An updated timeline reflecting this year's proposal process is detailed under the Timeline tab below.
The information, forms, and support tools needed to complete this process can be found below in three tabs:
- RFP Applicant Forms, which includes all materials required to develop and submit a proposal
- RFP Timeline
- RFP Support Documents and Resources, which provides helpful guidance, information, and resources
CPS will host a webinar training for applicants on February 10, 2016. We encourage all applicants to participate in the training to receive an overview of the process. Applicants interested in attending the webinar should email email@example.com by February 1, 2016 with “2016 RFP Overview Webinar” in the subject text box and include their first name, last name, and email address in the body text.
Contact 773-553-1530 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions.