This Week In CPS: What's On Your Mind?

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Things have been quiet lately, which makes me think that something's going on or that everyone's really busy.  What am I missing?  What's going on at your school?  Or are you just hunkered down waiting for the next shoe to drop?  Let us know.  Now's not the time to be keeping secrets. 

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  • I heard that Central Office is having principals call-in for conferences to review the budget. Does anyone have any information on this?

  • Definitely waiting for the shoe to drop. Not a sense of panic, more a sense of impending doom. And frustration with incompetent legislators and dishonest, manipulative CPS administrators. Despite class sizes in the low 40s our school is on the verge of getting off NCLB probation. We're expecting all that progress to be for naught. Budget cuts may eliminate up to 10% of our outstanding staff resulting in class sizes in the high 40s to middle 50s.

  • Three weeks

    This Friday is the Illinois Legislatures deadline to pass bills out of committee. May 7th
    is supposed to be the final day of the secession. So we must keep our eyes on
    Springfield
    By Bob

  • Sounds like Kelly High School. It's the school that we should be trying to replicate. Great student progress in rough conditions. But we seem to prioritize the destruction of great neighborhood schools.

  • No disrespect taken. I agree there is no way you can have classes with 50+ students in them. (Well, actually, there is - several teachers in my building have 50+, including me.) But that's what will happen schoolwide if we are to believe CEO Huberman's budget cut threats. I was really just pointing out the absurdity of these threats and their potentially disastrous impact on an outstanding school.

  • No disrespect taken. I agree there is no way you can have classes with 50+ students in them. (Well, actually, there is - several teachers in my building have 50+, including me.) But that's what will happen schoolwide if we are to believe CEO Huberman's budget cut threats. I was really just pointing out the absurdity of these threats and their potentially disastrous impact on an outstanding school.

  • No disrespect taken. I agree there is no way you can have classes with 50+ kids in them, except that some of our classes are already this large, including a few of my own. Mostly I was just highlighting the absurdity of CEO Huberman's budget cut threats and the impact they might have on a school that achieves outstanding gains in student growth under, as Xian says, already rough conditions.

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