Meeks Proposes Eliminating Local School Councils

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Firebrand James Meeks is proposing to eliminate LSCs, according to information being sent around by LSC advocates. 

What's going on here?  Not the first dramatic move from Meeks, but one of the most unusual.

Maybe he's trying put attention on City Hall, or Springfield.  I will try and find out.

Subject: Fw: REV. JAMES T. MEEKS FILES BILL to ELIMINATE LOCAL SCHOOL
COUNCILS

 

This effects every citizen in Chicago.  Local School
Councils are the vehicle that allows every citizen in Chicago to be able to
effect change in our schools.

They can legally effect change with input from the community by
affecting curriculum, hiring and firing principals, how monies and resources
are allocated, purchasing of books and programs.

These are just a few ways that LSC's with input from their
communities can affect change  in their school communities. (LSC's are
the communities legal monitorin entity).

ONE WEEK AFTER STATE ELECTIONS

SENATOR REV. MEEKS,

PASTOR OF HOUSE OF HOPE

FILES SB3063

TO ELIMINATE ALL LSC POWERS!

 

IN THE
BEGINNING OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH SENATOR MEEKS DEALS STUNNING BLOW TO
ELIMINATE THE DUTIES AND POWERS OF THOUSANDS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS AND
HISPANIC LOCAL SCHOOL COUNCIL MEMBERS IN CHICAGO. 

 

LOCAL SCHOOL
COUNCIL MEMBERS, FAMILIES, AND OTHERS ARE EXPECTED TO PROTEST AGAINST
SENATOR MEEKS SB3060 ON VALENTINE DAY AT HOUSE OF HOPE SERVICES.
DETAILS PENDING.

 

EMERGENCY CALLS
AND FAX LETTERS NEEDED TO STOP SB3063 CALL & FAX MEEKS  AT

CHICAGO
708-862-4745

SPRINGFIELD -
217-782-8066

FAX LETTER
TO STOP 708-862-4745


HERE' A COPY OF THE BILL!

 Bill Status of SB3063  96th General Assembly


Short Description:  SCH CD-LIMIT LOCAL SCH COUNCIL

Senate Sponsors
Sen. James
T. Meeks

Last Action

Date

Chamber

 Action

  2/8/2010

Senate

Referred to Assignments

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance

105 ILCS 5/34-2.1

from Ch. 122, par. 34-2.1

 

105 ILCS 5/34-2.3

from Ch. 122, par. 34-2.3

 

105 ILCS 5/34-18

from Ch. 122, par. 34-18

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Chicago Public Schools Article in the School
Code. Provides that on and after the effective date of the amendatory Act, a
local school council shall be advisory in nature. Provides that on and after
the effective date of the amendatory Act, all powers and duties that were
previously allocated and authorized to local school councils shall be
transferred to and become the powers and duties of the Board of Education,
including, but not limited to, the hiring of principals, retention of
principals, and spending authority.

Actions 

Date

Chamber

 Action

  2/8/2010

Senate

Filed with Secretary by Sen. James T. Meeks

  2/8/2010

Senate

First Reading

  2/8/2010

Senate

Referred to Assignments

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  • PURE's julie woestehoff thinks it's a straight on attack on the councils

    http://www.examiner.com/x-36525-Chicago-K12-Examiner~y2010m2d9-Senator-files-bill-to-take-away-LSC-power

  • Retired Principal said: Sorry Mr. Meeks, CPS has already beaten you to the punch! CPS will put a school on probation making the local school council useless! This idea has been pushed by Daley and CPS for years! Attack on the CTU (biggest gang in the city), a call for the end of local school councils powers. Well, we see what side Mr. Meeks bread is buttered on!

  • Meeks is about Meeks. Enough of these preacher sell outs. Look how long the African American has been punked by CPS and Daley. When Meeks talks about schools and how to improve them, he bashes teachers and asks for his vouchers. Kind of tells you how much he knows about authentic school reform details. Meeks is lacking in providing constructive answers. I am kind of tired of listening to preachers who have sold out to the Machine!

  • The CTU Leadership that sold out to Daley is the problem. Teachers can vote out Marilyn and her crew this Spring!

  • dear 1096, do you realize that LSC have ALWAYS had the power to extend the school day? They are responsible for the budget and they can fundraise too. Instead, they spend poverty money on hiring their friends and harASSing the principal and teachers. Meeks is right-on here, but he either has unbelieveable guts, is getting a payoff for this, or is completely crazy.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    While the LSC can fund raise to get the funds to extend the day, reality sets in when they can not possibly collect the monies needed to do this.

    Yes, some LSCs have created a stressful environment, but many more have made large gains for their school. You have to have LSC members who are willing to work and fight for the students.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    bring it on! had a great time at all 14 of the hearings. Meeks is only putting gas on the fire. Everyone is ready to fight. We had a good protest march today and the testimony exposed the lies of all the CPS testimony and data. Everything CPS said was refuted by all the stakeholders of Bradwell ES the biggest, insult was that CPS did not do a security assessment of this turnaround even after the events at Fenger.

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    Just shows Chicago that Daley's Amateur hour is front and center for all to see. I hear that CAO's are piling it on principals to make Huberman's game work. The Huberman train wreck is coming. Eventually more folks are going to come out and expose Huberman and his PM team of amateurs!

  • In reply to viniciusdm:

    CAO's are a joke. Either they are so new they do not know what they are talking about and like tonight the former AIO who is now manager in a turnaround or performance department admitted that she was in charge of the Bradwell area and she gave them lots of resources and person support, then is not it her fault and under her watch that this school failed but instead she got a promotion to the central office! it that a promotion or demotion? AIO to central office manger? i wonder if she has a cubical.

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    Principals are tight lipped about the beat down they are getting! The craziness is that the PM and CAO's don't know what they are looking for that means something and they are not offering real support to the schools. Yes, it is a cruel joke! Morale is very, very low. The recent event for school administrators was a failure. Vendors were commenting on it. Sad!

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    the sun times article says that meeks just wants to give the board hiring and firing over principals, and that he's also going to push for a voucher escape hatch for kids at the worst schools in the city.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/education/2042410,CST-NWS-lsc11.article

    the board isn't the only one who complains about LSC hiring processes -- anyone want to go back to centralized assignments?

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    it's not all good news for city hall and the board. wbez's update notes that meeks ALSO wants to go to an independent elected school board, and has introduced legislation to that effect as well.

    http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=39971

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    The Rev. Senator Meeks proposal to eliminate LSCs needs to be seen in the context of his proposal for private school vouchers. It is part of a bizarre package. We should all recall that Senator Meeks put forward at least two income tax increase bills to increase funding for public schools, both failed completely.

    Rev Senator Meeks has little support in the General Assembly for his voucher bill and probably limited support for abolishing LSCs in Chicago. Really does a member of the General Assembly from Lake Forest or Libertyville care if CPS has LSCs? While some Republicans may ideologically like vouchers, the truth of the matter is the State of Illinois is broke, totally and completely broke, and is currently paying employees using short term loans and money owed to local governments, schools, and a wide number of vendors.

    So where in the world could this state get the money to pay for vouchers? Moreover, inside of Chicago there are very few private options for education remaining, charters have effectively put many working class Catholic Schools out of bussiness. Do you think the State is going to pay U of C lab school $19,683 a year (the current rate) to educate a poor black second grader from Chicago? Do you think our State is going to pay $3,650 for this same poor black second grader to attend Salem Christian Academy Rev Meeks school? Maybe. What about the fact that Salem Christian Academy does not accept disabled students and it is not an accessiable structure, or the fact that it requires students to study religion, a small problem.

    Rev. Meeks and numerous other elected Democrats who are members of the General Assembly are effectively diverting attention from their own failures to create a functional state budget or pass any type of income tax increase that could possibly begin over a number of years to stablize our state. It is possible indeed in the years to come we may see vouchers, but they will be sponsored by Republicans and they will be for a small part of private tution. This could help some of their supporters pay for private schools. Many white and even some non-white suburbanites really have little interest in educating poor black Chicago children in private schools unless it costs less than the current urban public schools. They watch with interest and horror black students killing each other on the nightly news and thank their god, apparently related but not the same as Rev. Meeks god, that their own children do not have to endure that reality.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    Could it also be...that in the 9th ward near the right reverands House of Hope, there exists an LSC that is defunct and not able to execute its state given power to remove a trifling, sub par principlal...a school that should be better but is laboring under political interference from yet another elected official Alderman Beale....
    The Gwendolyn Brooks LSC this year is so defunct I just heard a member of the council was arrested last week for threats against aonther....what is going on over there...is this feeding into his new charge to remove LSC's..im sure its bigger than that but you have to wonder where the outcry was from Meeks to challenge this LSC to do better but then again, probably wasnt serving his political purposes to really try to fix something in his district....lets divert attention from the fact that a stripper club sits right next to the House of Hope, (what did he do to stop that....) a magnet school is going stagnant and he wants to strip the power from group that "can" provide some level of check and balance to schools via LSCs....some LSCs are working fine..others like the one at Brooks is useless.....but the LSC failures also go back to inept leadership in the office of LSC....

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    I'd agree. The majority of the LSC strife is due to CPS being responsible for funding training, but a different structure would help.

    Personally, just off the top of my head (but I'd like to hear more from the long time LSC advocates) I'd push a tighter electoral process to prevent machine politics. Then I'd shift the composition to the following:

    Principal (Non-voting)
    3 Student Reps (voting)
    3 Teacher Reps (voting)
    3 Parent Reps) (voting)
    2 Community Reps (voting)
    There may need to be a family limit of some kind to prevent monopolization.

    If people are worried about continuity and community voice (which should also come through the students and parents and in the best cases teachers) then perhaps make a provision so that the some of the executive positions come must come from the community reps (e.g. chair etc.)

  • In reply to viniciusdm:

    I was very disappointed with the catalyst article on extended day. It actually had a graph that selected out the longest day charters and compared them to the neighborhood schools that demonstrated that the charters performed better on reading and WORSE on math, and concluded that extended day charters are better.

    I always have tried to have a high opinion of catalyst, but it makes you question their agenda. I mean, how do you look at that data and conclude anything other than the fact that extended day does nothing without highly qualified, self-directed teachers?

    If we had an extended day, it'd mean more bad PD, more PMO time, and less energy to actually teach the kids.

    Most of us already put in another full-time job worth of hours each week. Let make the contractual time meaningful before we go adding hours.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    As a former LSC member I inquired about having an extended day. The teachers have to agree to it and have it approved by the Teachers Union. It is not a simple step. You also must find the funds to pay for it unless you have teachers willing to work and extra 15 minutes. I have found from previous posts that teachers are not willing to work an extra 15 min. but I dont want to get into that conversation again.

  • Visit http://edplan.cps.k12.il.us/ where you will see that the longer instructional day was advocated but also the building of whole school professional leadership was mentioned back in 2002. Lot of good ideas that never came to be. Why? No courage, no vision, no expertise to carry out the process.

  • Yo! This Meeks yap is a rouse to take the heat off the hearings, school closings, consolidations and turnarounds. Keep you eyes on the prize, y'all.

  • catalyst notes muted reaction from CPS -- they clearly would be just fine without LSCs (and don't mind aggravating LSC supporters) as long as someone else does the dirty work for them

    http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/notebook/index.php/entry/545

    again, though, let's get real about whether this has any legs -- introducing a bill is a long way from getting it passed.

    /ar

  • I agree with you 1096. Having an LSC beg a principal for a lousy 15 minutes of instruction time is not the answer. We need to demand that our schools have a longer school year and longer school days.

  • machine politics? xianb, expand your experince. We have 1000 students at out school, 36 people voted last LSC election, one got in on 1 vote. This was report card pick up day, which was 80% attended. High majority of parents did not vote and did not want to. So much for LSC and parent involvement. They sure come for the free food thought.

  • I's day change the way a CEO of public Schools is hired as well. The onus of the problem lies with Daly in picking amateurs to run the public schools. It will never work and it causes more damage overall!

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