Every year, it seems, just as school is settling into a groove of sorts, along comes the 20th day process in which teachers and classes and kids' schedules get shifted around in order to make staffing match up with actual enrollment.
We talked about this last year (Excessed Teachers). It was really bad at Julian HS the year before that (Enrollment Disaster At Percy Julian High School). WBEZ revives the story here: Some Chicago Teachers Protest CPS Staffing Policies
It's not that adjustments shouldn't be made, but rather that the projections (and the adjustment process) should be smoother and less disruptive for kids and teachers alike. But it's not such an obvious problem. Until 2004 they did it the other way around, starting the year with subs and then hiring permanent teachers in October. But that didn't seem to work, either. There's got to be a better way.
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