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Parent Group (FTCO)

Donoghue has an active Family-Teacher-Community Organization (FTCO).

  • The FTCO raises funds to support innovative classroom projects designed by teachers, recruits parents to serve as classroom volunteers and advises on after-school and Saturday school programming.
  • The FTCO chairperson serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Chicago Charter School.

Donoghue also houses a Parent Center staffed by parents, which:

  • Offers educational programs, including salsa classes and workshops on financial literacy.
  • Includes a lending library, computers and a bank of information on childcare and other resources.

Community Action Councils (CACs)

Community Action Councils, or CACs, 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.

There are nine CACs across Chicago. Each works to empower the community they serve to lead the improvement of local quality education. Specifically, they 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
For more information on specific CACs or meeting dates, please contact the appropriate CAC liaison
  • Bronzeville
    2nd Monday of the month
    All meetings begin @ 6:00pm at the Chicago Urban League (4510 S. Michigan Ave.)
  • Hyde Park-Kenwood
    4th Wednesday of the month
    All meetings begin @6:00pm at Walter H. Dyett HS for the Arts (555 E. 51st St.)

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