I’ve just put down my copy of the very first issue of Catalyst Chicago, from February 1990. It’s filled with news of Chicago schools, our local school councils, and how the United Neighborhood Organization even back then managed to get enough corporate money for the 1989 LSC elections to end up controlling about two dozen councils. The money they received was close to $400,000 in today’s dollars!
I’ve been reading Catalyst ever since. From its detailed coverage of the 2013 school closings, to its reporters’ important analyses of the disproportionate rate of expulsions and suspensions of black students to its investigative reporting on Board of Education members’ education investments, I’ve appreciated the careful work done by Catalyst over 25 years. I have come to rely on it to help me do my work as an education researcher and I respect its integrity and independence.