Events: January Board Meeting [updated]

The monthly board meeting is on Wednesday, and is slated to include consideration of several new charter schools that were considered but withdrawn last month.  No surprise, the CTU is fired up to block the move:  "Did CPS follow its own policy on community hearings on charters?  No! Did CPS conduct a serious look' at the fiscal health of charters and develop a system for stricter oversight? No! Was there new breakthrough research to disprove what we know about charters?  No!" (NO NEW CHARTERS!)...Charter debate to rage at board meeting WednesdayThe Illinois Network of Charter Schools plans to bus 500 parents to the meeting. The Renaissance Schools Fund, a nonprofit group that raises money for charter schools in Chicago, plans Wednesday to release results from a poll it commissioned that shows 70 percent of city residents and 3 in 4 CPS parents want more school choices. The phone survey, conducted in November by Richard Day Research, has a margin of error of 4 percentage points for the general population and 6 percentage points for CPS parents...Chicago school board to vote on five new charter schools WBEZ:  Eighty percent of CPS parents reported being "somewhat satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their child's school. But when pollsters asked if they had an opportunity to send their child elsewhere, 49 percent of parents said they would. 

CTU and Chicago Public Schools must sit down and discuss what will become the standard system for teacher evaluation. CTU is drafting its proposal and we need our members at the table. All members are encouraged to attend this important meeting.

What: CTU Teacher Evaluation Meeting
When: Tuesday, January 25, 2010 4:30 PM
Where: Chicago Teachers Union


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  • here's the board agenda, which includes a slew of resolutions, the new school breakfast policy proposal, the new Senn arts program proposal, a new STEM magnet school (WTF?), the new South Shore, and the seven charter school proposals from last month

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    The South Shore Campus gets whacked tomorrow!

  • In reply to chijas:

    The new South Shore High School, now called the new South Shore International College Prep will start in September with only a class of 300 freshmen and will add a grade each year. The four small schools on the South Shore Campus will be consolidated into one school, the School of Leadership and all the present students on the South Shore Campus will be located in the old building in September!

  • In reply to chijas:

    INCS set to bring 500 folks to the board, according to this tribune story on the looming showdown,0,2013270.story

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    here's a story about the expo this weekend -- for new and charter schools, mostly

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    As a parent and taxpayer, I am glad to see more charter school opening. We need to experiment with better ways to educate our children, the status quo is unacceptable.

  • The fact that unions feel so threatened by charter schools tells me a lot already.

    And do you dispute that charter schools have room to experiment with educational approaches? That's a good thing.

  • I also think the focus on instructional time is misplaced. I'd rather have have the amount of instruction if it could be focused attention. The school day is long not for educational reasons, but because school is daycare for kids.

  • In reply to WestLooper:

    "Have half the amount ..." that should be. Wish this comment system allowed edits.

  • What does the West Loop have to do with a typo?

  • In the same breath you attack CPS leadership and then also attack charter schools, which have more independence from CPS.

  • Charters get a lot of support from philanthropists and business that are interested in improving education. (Again, a good thing.)

  • Looking at it from a waste standpoint, it's huge to me. A giant black trash bag every day filled with the remnants of five or six kids' (out of 23) breakfastsss. I'm not here to incentivize eating breakfast.

    I agree this has made significantly more work for the lunchroom staff

  • "And yes, charters have been known to

  • In reply to WestLooper:

    ...and throw them out to attend the local public school? Where does the public school throw them? NO taxpayer money should go to support "elite wanna be's" You want your child to be in a privileged environment. OK. Pay the tuition.

  • In reply to jessicasmith:

    Creating great schools within CPS doesn't harm anyone. It's this kind of thinking that paralyzes the debate, and ultimately why there is such strong support for bypassing the debate and growing the number of charter schools.

  • What about the other kids, who deserve an education too? It's not so simple as you suggest. Bad behavior takes teacher time from other students and causes teacher burnout.

    I assume you are the same "Anonymous" that made the other "westloop" comment. Care to explain exactly what you mean?

  • You could run this logic the other way too, namely to allow CPS to deal with bad behavior in the same way charters do.

  • Clearly the idea would require some option for these kids.

  • You realize that supplying all these things would cost millions and millions of dollars. Yes, parents want these things, but how many are willing to pay more in taxes to make them happen? Most teachers spend 3-5K per year without reimbursement out of their own pockets.

  • Teachers are in this strange limbo between salaried professionals and hourly union workers. Not being a teacher, it's hard to understand.

  • Chicago Board of Education Approves Charter Proposals, New Neighborhood
    And Magnet Schools, Allergy Policy and School Breakfast Expansion

    Chicago Board of Education Members today approved a variety of policies and resolutions at their monthly January meeting.

    Among the measures approved by Board Members were those related to charter schools, creation of a new high school to serve the South Shore community, food allergies and an expansion of the District

  • Things that make you go hmmmmm.

    There has long been a policy in place regarding asthma/allergy. Perhaps the Board was unaware. Students who report that they have a life threatening allergy have a 504 plan which stipulates the specifics of that childs allergy, symptoms, accommodations, etc. There are hundreds of them in place right now.

    Ooops, I bet those at 125 did not consult with the School Nurses to find out what we do.

    Perhaps the Board was unaware.

  • What is the CTU doing to stop the proliferation of these charters? We elected Karen Lewis because she promised a strong Union. It seems CPS is going to roll right over the teachers. Protests are not helping us.

  • The new magnet on the west side will definitely do better than any charter currently operating in Chicago. But not because it is a better "school". It will be better because the students attending are more advantaged and have families who require them to do well in school. High scoring and high achievement schools are like that because the families in them make or help their children do the work required to succeed. Plain and simple. If charter attracted more advantaged, more involved and more committed students and parents they'd do better too.

  • Maybe if charters were better or if Smyth was better, higher income parents would send their kids there. Would you seriously send any child to Smyth by choice, with scores so low that none of those kids have even a shot of ever going to a decent high school? If you, anonymous, want to turnaround Smyth, you need to send your own child there and do the work.
    If CPS wants to do better, it needs to figure out a way to attract the thousands of high performing kids who opt out of the system every year because the schools are full of low performing kids. If every private school student went to CPS, our scores would sky rocket. But as it is, our schools are so dismal, with a few exceptions, I don't blame anyone for wanting their kids to be with other kids who are going to go to college instead of going to join the local gang, drop out, get pregnant or otherwise not make anything of themselves.

  • Well said! The parents at Nettlehorst School got together and totally transformed their school without displacing the students who were already there. The University Village parents definitely have the resources, political, financial and otherwise, to effect a far reaching change on Smyth school, as the parents at Nettlehorst did. It is amazing how CPS can find the funds to satisfy the well-heeled.

  • What is really frustrating, is that the parents of the poor black and brown kids don't get that this whole charter school concept is a vehicle to make money off their school's poor performance. Sadly, people don't analyze and can be easily manipulated by slick PR campaigns. Does anyone even question why suddenly so many private sources are suddenly moved to "give" money to public education. They aren't giving a damned thing, they are making some very lucrative returns at the expense of these children and their ill-informed parents. I would be interested in seeing a breakdown of charter school enrollment by race/ethnicity, as well as, a listing of the philanthropists and businesses that are suddenly moved to invest in education of the underclass.

  • school dinner is also being offered at a bunch of schools -- does that pose the same issues or no?,0,1793703.story

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