December Board Meeting

Board set to finalize magnet and selective admissions policy Catalyst

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In
a press release issued Tuesday by Don Moore, executive director of the
advocacy group Designs for Change, points out that the decision to
increase spots for neighborhood children and siblings had nothing to do
with the striking down of the desegregation decree. In an internal
process.

Heat over new CPS admissions policy rising Chicago Current
The
problem is that there are so few black students in the magnet schools
already, the new policy would deplete the number of seats available to
minorities given that the areas in the magnet schools are predominantly
white and the enrollment demographics similar, Jackson says.

CPS board may tighten expense account rules Sun Times
The
new policy requires that the president's expenses be approved by other
board members in open session and that all board members -- including
the president -- get reimbursed only for the receipts they submit,
Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman Monique Bond said. Written
justification for each expenditure will be required.

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  • changes -- !! -- here's what CPS has to say about the plan:

    One-Year Policy on Magnet, Selective Enrollment Admissions

    Heads to Chicago Board of Education,

    Community Input Results In Changes

    Input from a variety of outreach efforts has resulted in changes to the proposed new policy for admission to magnet and selective enrollment schools that will be presented to the Chicago Board of Education today.

    Chicago Public Schools officials announced a proposal for the new one-year policy last month after an almost three-decade-old desegregation consent decree was vacated by a U.S. District Court judge.

    The new policy replaces the former race-based admissions policy for the District

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    I can't find any news about what actually happened. Did the Board adopt the modified plan today?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    here's the tribune story about the changes the board made:

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/12/board-of-ed-to-vote-on-new-magnet-schools-admissions-criteria.html

    "After enrolling all siblings of current students, the district would now give 40 percent of remaining magnet school seats to those who live in the neighborhood and 60 percent to the general applicant pool. Seats in the general pool would then be split based on socio-economic factors to foster diversity. Previously, the split was proposed at 50-50."

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    this link references changes the board announced this morning--it does not say anything about whether the proposal passed.

  • In reply to keenerobserver:

    Exactly. What actually happened? Didn't anybody go to the meeting??!!

  • In reply to SteveKub:

    Go to our story at www.catalyst-chicago.org. Huberman said today that race will be a consideration in admissions to magnet and selective enrollment schools

  • In reply to SteveKub:

    thanks, sarah --

    here's the key line describing the changes huberman is including:

    "Huberman could lower the neighborhood and test score rank portion to 30 or even 20 percent if they are causing the schools to re-segregate."

    and here's the direct link to the catalyst story:

    http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/notebook/index.php/entry/481/At_busy_board_meeting%2C_race_back_in_mix_in_magnet_and_selective_school_admission_policy

    seems like a pretty stunning reversal on the race issue -- and a suspiciously in-house solution (saying that they'll make adjustments at the end before sending out admissions letters wtf?)

    what's everyone else think -- happy, sad, don't care?

  • In reply to SteveKub:

    here's the tribune's updated version of the story, which notes that there's a lot of apprehension about whether this is going to work or not

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/12/board-of-ed-to-vote-on-new-magnet-schools-admissions-criteria.html

    i'm curious about whether changing an item so close to a board meeting is allowed (not that it would stop them)

    there is, as usual, no documentation available online or to the press about how the process will work, leading me to believe that, well, no one really knows how it's going to work.

  • In reply to SteveKub:

    note that the cps press release talks about increasing the use of SES in making admissions decisions, but doesn't say anything about race.

  • In reply to SteveKub:

    From Catalyst:

    "Huberman will announce in January which schools he intends to close and turn around. All of them will be subjected to the new criteria that he laid out on Wednesday.

    "In the past, these drastic steps were taken when a school was under-utilized or had too many students performing below grade level on standardized tests."

    Really?! Is that why those drastic steps were taken?! That's not what I hear from many in CPS. Those rationales are what CPS administrators claim, of course.

  • In reply to keenerobserver:

    Go to our story at www.catalyst-chicago.org. Huberman said today that race will be a consideration in admissions to magnet and selective enrollment schools

  • So the board approved the plans then?

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