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Rally To Restore After School Funding Tonight

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A group of legislators, community leaders, and ministers are gathering tonight to protest what they describe as cuts to 40,000 after school tutoring spots this year.  The Board signed up 72,000 kids but then decided it wasn't going to fund that many spots.  I'm told that the reduction brings the district down to the 20 percent level mandated for SES tutoring under federal law.  Apparently, CPS had been going over and above in the past (ever since it decided to do its own tutoring, that is).  However, there is some confusion about whether CPS has gotten -- or needs -- a waiver from the USDE via the state in order to make these changes legal.  The meeting is at Mount Ebenezer Baptist Church will be led by Reverend Leon Miller this Thursday at 6:00 p.m., 3555 W. Huron Street in Chicago.  Is your school doing as much after-school as it used to? 

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  • DEFINITELY a big change in kids approved for After School ! Some programs were cut by about 1/2, some even more. CPS especially cut the 'outside' vendors, like Chess Academy, Cambridge, etc. Our school had about 400 students in After School last year - this year it's probably around 100 total. How are our scores going to improve with LESS academic help for kids ?

  • I have mixed feelings. I feel like it's always good to have kids in school doing something academic, but it hits on a lots of the privatization issues too. In my limited experience, I've seen a ton of corruption (stealing resources from kids and failing to pay workers while pocketing lots of money) and lots of private providers who have no clue how to educate our population of students. It's another strategy under NCLB to starve the most needy schools of funds to force them to bring in business who have good motives, but know very well how to make money and not so much how to educate kids.

    CPS SES has been particularly unhelpful. When confronted on the theft (from) and mistreatment of kids through the proper grievance procedure, they've basically thrown up their hands and said, "It's not our program". So they bring in predators and then fail to protect the students. And we don't even get a response to the addition work of filing grievances.

    So I'd love to see the district level SES programs locked out altogether and the funds given to schools to provide after school programs for their kids. If they cannot handle it, they can always farm out to vendors, but at least they would be accountable on the local level.

  • defender updates the story:

    http://www.chicagodefender.com/article-6734-community-group-blasts-cps-for-after-school-tutoring-cuts.html

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