|Catalyst Chicago is an independent newsmagazine created in 1990 to document, analyze and support school-improvement efforts in the Chicago Public Schools. It is published by the Community Renewal Society (CRS), a nonprofit organization founded in 1882 that works to create racially and economically just communities. CRS also publishes The Chicago Reporter, an award-winning newsletter created in 1972 to investigate issues of race and poverty. MISSION Through authoritative reporting and analysis, Catalyst Chicago challenges and serves as a resource for the city’s education community in its efforts to meet the educational needs of all children. It does this in part by: Analyzing in depth new education policies, legislation and programs and reporting on their affects over time. Identifying areas where improvement is needed Showing the reality of school and community life and how improvement happens or is undermined. Reporting on examples of progress, taking care to identify the how as well as the what. Seeking out and amplifying the voices of people who have critical insight but rarely get heard. Gathering and analyzing performance, operations and financial data. Reflecting the full variety of opinions on any given issue. Couching news in relevant research and historical and national contexts. Providing data and identifying resources that communities can use to improve their schools. Disseminating news and analysis in formats tailored to the individual needs of the wide variety of individuals involved in or concerned about school improvement.