Here's a letter from an irked CPS parent who seems to have found out that Driver's Ed has been cut-- maybe you know something about this?
"I am the parent of a CPS student who was recently rescheduled for
"traffic" due to budget cuts for the program. My child was rescheduled
to take traffic in July but there's one problem....she's a senior and
would have to come back after graduation to complete it. That's
assuming she would even be allowed to graduate without having completed
"How can the State of Illinois tout its Safe Driver Program, when the
Board of Education is dismantling part of the foundation for it?"
Read on for the rest of the letter.
Apparently, there was a Board of Education meeting held on March 28th
at which the budget was cut, however, my child nor I was ever notified
that she had been rescheduled until the day she showed up for traffic
on April 13th. Mind you, there was another week of school after this
meeting occurred and there was a week of spring break, but no contact
was ever made. Luckily, I encountered a very understanding and
frustrated employee that was able to help me reschedule my high school
senior so she wouldn't have to come back after school ends to complete
"Additionally, in speaking with numerous coordinators around the city (I
called trying to get my child into an alternative site that might have
space available), I'm learning that not only have the programs been
cut, but the salaries of the Drivers' Ed. coordinators/teachers has
been reduced dramatically. Fortunately, all of the people I have
encountered really care about the students, but what happens when you
come across someone that feels that they are only going to put into the
job what they are getting out of it? Will the level of instruction
that the kids are receiving be a risk?
pains me to see that CPS, once again, can find money to fund a host
of other events from new uniforms for sports teams to beautification of
the exterior for Collins High School when the Olympic Committee was
here, but they don't seem to care for the core classes that kids need.
They don't seem to care for the special needs schools that are being
closed, over-crowding in certain geographical areas or the violence
that continues to plague our schools.
"I'd love to know if other parents are running into the same type of
obstacles as I had with this impromptu slashing of the Drivers'
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