There wasn't anything ground breaking or innovative in the 5 "pillars", as has been said they sounded more business/corporate like than educational. The accountability she talked about is more than a little chilling, we really don't need more "accountability" but re-think what is already in place and make it smarter and less invasive and demoralizing to all. More freedom instead of less for teachers and administrators.
Below is a link to the CPS Draft Performance Policy. Even though CPS did not send this to us we would like to provide feedback before this policy is finalized. We think there’s a lot of room for improvement and want to hear from you. Some of our thoughts:
“Whatever has happened this past year, it’s done,” Byrd-Bennett said Tuesday at a City Club luncheon.
Meanwhile parents are confused about the enrollment process, have been told they have until the end of this week to figure it out, and some welcoming schools are not even informed about their role in this process.
We want to thank you for coming out over the past four months to advocate for parents, students and communities. As you have likely heard, CPS went through with the decision to close 50 neighborhood schools. There will be turnarounds and actions done on a total of 65 schools next year and 27,000 kids need to enroll in their new school by next Friday. Through this process we have had the pleasure of getting to know parents and/or staff from dozens of schools.
Attached is a letter that went to all Prinicpals yesterday (5/17/13) about the enrollment process for school closings. In it CEO Byrd-Bennett tells Principals that any district school "with space" must take students who want to enroll from closing schools.
"CEO Byrd-Bennett has stated that students from sending schools and welcoming schools that are relocating can attend any school in the district that has capacity. Capacity is based on the grade level analysis we worked on with principals."
The Chicago Public Schools Space Utilization formula allows for 36 kids in a room as an "efficient" use of space. You can have 36 kids in every homeroom in CPS and not be considered overcrowded. Many of CPS' plans for closings will lead to overcrowding next year. We want CPS to revise their space utilization policy. Please sign and share this petition.
Today we delivered a report to the Board of Education listing our concerns for 40 proposed school actions. As we stated to the Board, the omission of certain schools on this list does not mean we support their closure but as a grassroots group these were the schools we were able to visit, attend hearings for, meet with parents at, or research. We did walkthroughs at 22 schools on the closing list and attended numerous community hearings over the past few months.