October Board Meeting [updated 3x]

Here's the agenda for the October Board meeting (PDF). Check it out, and let me know what you see and what happens at the event.

UPDATE: 12 schools approved -- see CPS press release below.

UPDATE 2: School board approves 12 new schools for next fall

Medill Reports

Five schools of the 20 got pulled out of the mix before the meeting -- that leaves three that didn't make it at the last minute. Which ones? Why?

UPDATE 3: More information from a friend of the blog (to go along with great comments below): "13, NOT 12, new schools were approved Wednesday (12 for 2009, 1 for

2010); 2 were previously approved at the September board meeting; 5 (2010 openings) will be on the November agenda. Of those 5, Social Justice HS, Pride Campus, might be running into trouble.

Two people spoke against the school, calling it a "homosexual school" at

Wednesday's meeting." Thanks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Oct. 22,

2008

Twelve

New Schools Approved by the Board of Education

Now

on Track to Open in Fall of 2009

The

Chicago Board of Education approved 12 schools to open in the fall of 2009 at

today’s board meeting.

Among

the approved was South Shore Fine Arts Academy, a K-8 school based on the

successful model of the existing South Loop Elementary, the Chicago Academy for

Advanced Technology (CAAT), a high school offering both college-prep and career

prep tracks, including four technology tracks to prepare students for entry-level

positions in technology careers, and Urban Prep Academy for Young Men--East

Garfield Park, a high school based on the existing model at Urban Prep Charter

Academy, the district’s first all-boys school.

CPS

Chief Executive Officer Arne Duncan has also recommended approval of five new

schools that are proposed to open in 2010. The board is expected to vote on

those five proposals at its Nov. 19 meeting. One of those proposed schools is

the Chicago Hope Academy,

whose design team has moved the proposed opening date from 2009 to 2010.

“These

schools will continue to expand on the notion that not every child learns the

same way,” said Chicago Board of Education President Rufus Williams.

“We’re excited about the unique educational opportunities parents

and children will have at these schools, and look forward to a successful

inaugural year for all involved.”

The

12 schools approved by the board for 2009 are:

· Alcott

High School for the Humanities, a

performance

school, will be one of two new “home-grown” high schools to expand from

existing elementary

schools—Alcott and Ogden. It

will offer a small college-prep environment with a curriculum grounded

in the humanities. The school’s location is yet to be determined.

· Ogden

International

High School, a performance school, is the other “home-grown”

high school. It will offer a

college-prep curriculum with an

international

focus. The school’s location

is yet to be determined.

· Urban

Prep Academy for Young Men East Garfield Park, a contract school, will

be the first new school based on the existing model at Urban Prep Charter Academy,

the district’s first all-boys school. It will offer a college-prep

environment through strong academic support and experiences that nurture the

whole student. The school will be in the East Garfield

Park community, at a

location yet to be determined.

· Chicago

Academy for Advanced Technology, a contract school to be operated by

the Center for Polytechnical Education, will offer both college-prep and career-prep

tracks. Focus will be on majors and careers in advanced technology to better

align workforce development with the needs of Chicago’s residents and

communities. Four planned primary technology tracks will prepare students for

entry-level positions in IT careers that typically have starting annual

salaries averaging about $40,000. The school’s location is yet to be

determined.

· Chicago

Talent Development High School, a contract school, will feature a

partnership between Union Park High Schools, a local non-profit collaborating

with the Service Employees International Union Local 73, Illinois Federation of

Teachers, and the educational model Talent Development, based at Johns Hopkins

University and currently operating in

several urban school districts, including Chicago.

The school will be in the West

Garfield Park

community at a location yet to be determined.

· The

EPIC Academy, a contract school

operated by current administrators and teachers at ACE Tech Charter, Dunbar and

Corliss high schools, will offer a curriculum that engages students in rigorous

academic inquiry while taking students outside the classroom regularly and using

21st-century skills critical to employers, including the ability to

work in teams. The curriculum also will have a service-learning component that

allows students to take part in projects that improve their school, local and

global communities. The Expeditionary Path to Innovative Change (EPIC) Academy

will open in the South Chicago community, at a

location yet to be determined.

· Garfield

Park Preparatory Academy, a contract school, will serve grades K-8.

Operated by the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, it will focus on

educating the whole child through state-of-the-art practices that support

academic success. The school will also integrate a research-based approach to

instruction from Columbia

University. The school

will be located in the East

Garfield Park

community at a location yet to be determined.

· Noble Street Charter School, Muchin campus, a charter school campus, was

one of four Noble Street

charter school campuses submitted in a single board packet and approved at

today’s board meeting. It will offer students throughout the city a

rigorous college-prep environment and open at 1 N. State, which formerly housed

the Carson Pirie Scott store.

· Noble Street Charter School, Bulls campus,a charter school campus, will offer students throughout

the city a rigorous college-prep environment

and receive financial support from the Chicago

Bulls. The school’s location

is yet to be determined.

· Noble

Street Charter School Bain-NUSH campus, a charter school campus,

will serve grades K-8 and be the first elementary school campus for the Noble

Network. Partnering with the Northwestern University Settlement House and Bain

and Co., the school will start preparing its students for success in college at

an early age. The school’s location is yet to be determined.

· South

Shore Fine Arts Academy, a performance school, will serve students

in grades K-8. Based on the successful model of the existing South Loop Elementary school, it will build

partnerships with local businesses and include a robust fine-arts program. The

school’s location is yet to be determined.

· Chicago

International Charter School, Altgeld Gardens campus, a charter school

campus, will serve grades K-8 in the Altgeld

Gardens area of

Riverdale, a Renaissance 2010 priority community. It will be the 13thcharter campus for Chicago International Charter Schools and is slated to open

at 13300 S. Langley.

The

board also approved three organizations to handle the turnaround of up to six struggling

schools to be named at a later date. They are:

· Academy

for Urban School Leadership currently partners with CPS to manage 11

performance and teacher-training schools, including five turnaround schools.

· Chicago

Alliance for School Excellence (CASE), in partnership with Victory

Schools, Inc. Victory Schools also

currently partners with Chicago International Charter Schools (CICS) to manage

two charter campuses.

· Chicago

RISE, a subsidiary of CICS, would be a new turnaround provider for

CPS.

The

turnaround for the schools will begin next summer, and they will open in the

fall of 2009 with new leadership serving the same students.

Finally,

at today’s meeting the board also approved KIPP Ascend Charter, an

existing school serving grades 5-8, to expand and serve grades K-4 in the fall

of 2010, and Noble

Street Charter

School--Osborn campus,

the fourth Noble Street

charter campus considered by the board as a group, to open in the fall of 2010.

To date, 75 new schools have been created under

Renaissance 2010, including 20 new schools that opened this fall.

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