Lots of weekend discussion about the Donoso departure (see below). Today's news includes updates on school budgets, a proposed unification of school schedules (good luck with that), and some tidbits about Donoso's severance, etc.
CPS to cut positions to free up cash for principals WBEZ: Chicago Public Schools leaders plan to give school principals more spending money next year, but it may come at a cost.The idea is to allow principals to spend more of their budget as they see fit. But the financial freedom may not mean a bigger budget overall at CPS.
Principals get budgets, but uncertainty remains Catalyst: Chief Instruction Officer Jennifer Cheatham only gave three examples of programs that were eliminated: coordinators for Culture of Calm, the initiative by former CEO Ron Huberman to curb violence in schools; some International Baccalaureate and magnet cluster program coordinators; as well as extra money given to schools that were once part of a special program to give higher-performing schools more autonomy.
CPS must spend $16M on tutoring — or it loses the funds Tribune: Cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools is racing to spend about $16 million in federal tutoring grants by the end of the summer to avoid losing the money in a program plagued by dwindling participation and financial missteps.
Chief Education Officer announces resignation Catalyst: Though she is resigning, CPS Spokeswoman Becky Carroll told the Chicago Tribune that a severance package is being worked out, which indicates that Donoso was forced out. Exactly what went wrong is unclear, but principals said they liked the fact that Donoso got out to schools, yet her approach was upfront and disarming.
CPS Chief Education Officer Noemi Donoso Resigns: Brizard: “You know, people make decisions all of the time. When I worked in New York City, large urban school district, very aggressive reform efforts,” Brizard said. “In this kind of environment you see people come and people go, sometimes a year, sometimes two years, but its part of the work, the teams' work has to continue."
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CPS announces ‘coordinated’ opening and closing bells for schools Sun Times: All Chicago public schools will not only have a longer school day next year, they will have a more “coordinated” one, with all schools opening and closing within a one-hour assigned window. Officials touted the lockstep bell schedule as a “safety’’ improvement that also would allow for more efficient bus routes, but one critic denounced it as “dictatorial.”
CPS Announces ‘Coordinated’ School Bells Fox: All Chicago public schools will not only have a longer school day next year, they will have a more “coordinated” one, with all schools opening and closing within a one-hour assigned window.
CPS makes school start times more uniform Tribune: The bell will ring around the same time for all Chicago Public Schools students across the district beginning with the 2012-13 school year. CPS officials announced the district will implement a coordinated bell system to "assure a smooth transition as it...
Fund preschool now to avoid crime later: officials Sun Times: For preschools. Cook County’s sheriff, DuPage County’s state’s attorney and three police chiefs say that if Illinois doesn’t beef up spending for preschools, the state will need far more money to fight and prosecute crime for years to come.
Many Illinois high school students get special testing accommodations for ACT Tribune: An unusually large number of Illinois public high school students — at least 1 out of 10 juniors — received extra time or other help to boost their scores on the ACT, including high achievers at some of the state's elite schools.