PFAD: Pay To Play Principal

The Tribune is reporting that this year's PFAD form includes a $1000 donation requirement (CPS Principal for a Day):  The
registration form for the Thursday event asked participants to pledge
at least $1,000 in cash or services to their assigned schools, a move
that has prompted 40 to 50 calls to CPS headquarters. CPS has responded as follows, claiming that it was a suggestion not a requirement:

"In response to feedback received last year, CPS this year slightly altered the format of PFAD to allow participants more time in schools and more clearly define the nature of the partnerships. The forms PFADs were asked to fill out required them to check a box committing a contribution (cash or in-kind, resources, job shadows, mentorship, etc.) - either/or was acceptable. The levels are simply suggested and voluntary levels of contributions.

The term "required" should not have been used and potentially could have created confusion. The District invites all interested persons to engage in Principal for a Day."


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  • from cps:

    The Mayor will make his annual visit to Orr Academy High School, 730 N. Pulaski, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

    Chicago Board of Education President Richard-Lowry will be at Dewey Elementary Academy of Fine Arts, 5145 S. Union, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

    CEO Huberman will visit John F. Kennedy High School, 6325 W. 56th St., at 9:30 a.m.

    A press conference will take place at Orr at 11:45 a.m.

    A PFAD reception will take place from 3-6 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. The program will begin at 4 p.m.

    Additional coverage options include:

    n Chef Charlie Trotter and Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts at Lakeview High School (after 9 a.m.)

    n Chicago Bears executive Patrick McCaskey at Crane Tech Prep High School, 2245 W. Jackson (arrival around 9:15 a.m.

  • more info and comments from crain's shia kapos:

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    a bad time was not had by all

  • agreed -- let's see the email, or a list of teachers who are being e3d, or something beyond anonymous scuttlebutt.

  • Anon writes: "CTU has insisted on making things difficult for principals and Central Office by being very "ticky" about the contract."

    The CTU would be abrogating its duties to ignore violations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The reason they exist is to make sure the Board keeps its word regarding the CBA. Being "ticky" (maybe, picky?) about contract provisions is what the membership wants its Union to do.

    "you should talk to administrators who go through the appropriate procedures..."

    That's a big, fat lie. The Board (and its agents) hold all the power in these matters. The principal's professional judgment in assigning a rating cannot be grieved. All they have to do is follow the "appropriate" procedures, and they can get rid of anyone they want. If it doesn't happen, then they didn't follow the appropriate procedures in the first place.

  • lo and behold someone sent me a copy of what's purported to be ortega's email demanding two E3s per school -- read all about it here:

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