The Bronzeville CAC is one of nine across Chicago. We work to empower the community we serve and influence the improvement of local education.
In addition, we work to:
=> Inform parents and community members about the performance and utilization of schools in their neighborhood and the priorities and initiatives of the CPS central office
=> Engage community stakeholders in developing strategies to improve schools through regular meetings, sub-committees, and community dialogues
=> Connect schools, students and families to various community resources
=> Devise a strategic plan to improve their communities' educational opportunities
=> Provide guidance in developing and recommending a community vision for a cradle-to-college/career pipeline to the CEO and the Board of Education
CACs are informal advisory entities strategically designed to gather informed and intentional input from a diverse stakeholder group, with an explicit focus on community based school improvement. CACs represent a credible medium by which the district can receive needed public input to inform policies and practices. Through its grassroots nature and focus upon increasing awareness and knowledge of educational issues, CACs create a strong foundation for responsible and sustainable public engagement.
They consist of 25-30 voting members who are directly involved in developing a strategic plan for educational success within their communities. CAC members include parents; elected officials; faith-based institutions, health care and community-based organizations; Local School Council (LSC) members; business leaders; educators and school administrators; staff members from Chicago's Sister Agencies; community residents; and students.