Press Conferences & Media Events

From CPS: "CPS Seeks Proposals for New Schools to Open in Fall of 2009, 2010

WHO: Arne Duncan, CPS chief executive officer

Phyllis Lockett, Renaissance Schools Fund, president and chief executive officer

Josh Edelman, CPS Office of New Schools. WHAT: Request-for-Proposals announcement for new schools for fall of 2009 and 2010.

WHEN: Monday, April 7

10 a.m.

WHERE: Englewood Campus

6201 S. Stewart

Auditorium

Renaissance 2010 is the city’s initiative to address academic under-performance and overcrowding in schools and communities by creating high quality education options for parents and children in neighborhoods that have traditionally been underserved. To date, 55 new schools have been created under Renaissance 2010, and 21 new schools are slated to open this fall.

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From DFC: "At the hearing, Chicago Board of Education President, Rufus Williams, will testify about the roles of Chicago's Central Board and Local School Councils in school decision making. Mr. Williams has recently equated Local School Councils with people who sleep in a chain of hotels he is charged with improving, even though LSC members devote more than 1 million hours a year to improving their schools. Designs for Change will release a research study documenting that the Chicago Central Board, which claims to conduct a careful rigorous process of overseeing and assessing principals, gives only 2% of principals unsatisfactory ratings, even though 50% of Chicago schools are failing to meet federal achievement standards.

The DFC study further shows that extremely low test scores persist in high schools in which the Chicago Central Board has gained the right to select the principal. However, the principals appointed by the Central Board to improve these schools have remained in place for periods of up to ten years, without showing achievement gains.

When: Monday, April 7 at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Second Floor, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Outside City Council Chambers.

Why: The merits of Mr. Williams' campaign to recentralize the school system are flatly contradicted by the Designs for Change research.

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