CPS Cancels Community Meetings

Today's big education news is that CPS is cancelling the planned community meeting on Monday that was supposed to be a time to answer parent and community questions about the contract negotiations.  While embarrassing in the short term, it seems like a smart move to me. In other news, Catalyst reports that five more CPS high schools are slated to be transformed with federal funding -- and that CPS itself will be the schools' "external partner."  What'd I miss?  Put it in comments.


CPS to parents: Hold the phone on those informational meetings we promised Sun Times: Chicago Public School officials revealed Wednesday that they are postponing the parent meetings because they now realize they can’t fully answer parent questions until closed-door sessions with a fact-finder conclude in mid-July.

CPS cancels informational meeting on contract negotiations with CTU Tribune: After teachers in Chicago voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike authorization vote,Chicago Public Schools decided to take their position on contract ...

District postpones parent meeting on bargaining Catalyst: CPS spokeswoman Robyn Ziegler said Wednesday morning the district would reschedule the meeting after a three-member fact-finding panel issues a recommended settlement in mid-July – probably for sometime in August.


CPS seeks to "transform" five high schools Catalyst: At its meeting Thursday, the Illinois State Board of Education will vote on school improvement grants to do transformation for Washington High, Clemente Community Academy, Bowen Environmental Studies High School, Bogan High and Al Raby High. Outside of Chicago, East St. Louis Senior High and Cahokia High also are up for grants...In an unusual set-up, CPS’ Office of School Improvement is an approved outside vendor and all the transformation schools on tap are slated to partner with the office.


Student discipline: On when to suspend WBEZ: For many students, a suspension can mean the end of their educational career. One Chicago group is trying to change that.

5 finalists for Washoe Schools supe announced KTNV Las Vegas: Administrator Judy Peppler of the Wake County Public School System in Raleigh, N.C., andChicago Public Schools administrator Harrison Peters also made the ...


We're number worst! Mike Klonsky: Illinois gets a solid F grade and is rated number one worst of all 50 states when it comes to inequitable funding. This according to the Second Edition of the National Report Card on public school funding.


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  • JCB's Teletown Hall was sadly cancelled as well. Looks like Emanuel and company are retooling.

  • Trib editorial page urges ISBE not to soften higher cut scores for teaching candidates later today http://ow.ly/bJLrH

  • My understanding is that ISBE approved the proposed changes that the Trib editorial page was asking not to be changed ow.ly/bKj9q

  • David Ormsby: In Chicago Public Schools Labor Talks, Jean Claude Brizard is 2 for 3 http://ow.ly/bKm9A

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Mr. Ormsby is poorly informed. CTU members simply desire an increase in pay proportional to an increase in mandatory work hours.

    Mr. Ormsby fails to provide a citation for the 30% demand because that "demand" is a concoction of the media and CPS talking point propaganda. (It's also dishonest and inaccurate.)

    Also, Mr. Ormsby probably doesn't know that historically some agreements between CPS and the smaller unions with which they work contain some sort of "me-too" clause that ties any CTU salary gains into their own agreements. That means there is less incentive for them to fight for salary when the CTU is in a much stronger position to do so.

    Still, given a recent U of I study that found Chicago teachers average about 58 hours per week during the school year, a request to be paid more for working more hardly requires returning "closer to earth".

    I don't imagine Mr. Ormsby would prefer to write 20% more columns for a net loss in pay.

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    In reply to district299reader:

    Nor would we prefer to read them for whatever increase in compensation :P

  • Harrison Peters to Reno? Take him. No wonder why he still has North Carolina plates. These CPS 'administrators' should be of high quality and dedicated to the children of Chicago, not use it as a stepping stone! Hope they reno-vetts him beofe they hire.

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    In reply to district299reader:

    I'm from Reno. It appears you don't like Harrison Peters. What do you mean by, "Hope they Reno-vetts him before they hire."

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    In reply to John Eppolito:

    John, anyone who doesn't like Harrison Peters doesn't either know him personally or professionally. He's one of the few great administrators in the Chicago Public Schools and it will be a great loss for our Network to lose him. I am endorsed as a Superintendent, previously worked as a principal, and this type of praise coming from a teacher who has worked 10 years in the CPS system should speak volumes of his character given all the issues we teachers have had with the many many poor administrators in this system.

    Dr. Mark Thompson

  • In reply to drmarkthompson:

    Dear Mr. Thompson and Mr. Eppolito-
    Mr. Thompson--do you still work for CPS? Reads like you do not. Mr. Peters has only been in Chicago around 2 years--right, so how long do you know him? As a network employ, I find that he speaks more about himself than any vision he is willing to articulate. I find that he ignores principal and school needs as he seems not interested in learning from who he is to support or his schools. His speaking and some memos, contain grammatical errors. I do not know the Reno school system, and as any board should do, vet the candidates they are looking into. Mr. Peters should have spent a full 4 years with CPS as principals have to with their school, to demonstrate any kind of progress. Then articulate and prove why any progress made in his network is because of him versus the already established and talented principals that were there before him and will be there after him. It concerns me as to why these sudo-administrators cannot wait to get out of and run far from Chicago Public Schools. If it is that bad, then have the guts to stand up and share this with your CEO, instead of running away.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I would hope that any employer would check the background of any individual they were thinking about employing, but your logic makes no sense. Mr. Peters is applying to be a Superintendent - which is a step up from his current position. To be a Superintendent he has to move. Do you think an AP shouldn't want to be a Principal? Reno will decide how much time he needs to spend in a job to be a good candidate, and it appears they have spoken by making him a finalist. I don't see him as running away, but trying to advance his career... good for him. I think you have an ax to grind with this guy. (grammatical errors... are you kidding me? Many of our best leaders couldn't spell a lick.)

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    In reply to district299reader:

    This will be the last time I comment on this thread, especially to someone who attacks anyone anonymously. I currently work in the Far Southside Network and what was previously called Area 23 since 2008. I despise the corrupt CPS system as much as any teacher out there but you must be nuts if you think Peters is anything less than one of the best administrators in CPS. Having served in the US Army, the top leadership organization in the world, I had the pleasure to serve under General Colin Powell while stationed in Germany. He was only my V Corps commander for 7 months before he was moved back to the states to work in the White House at President Ronald Reagan's personal request. He advanced to become the first black U.S. Secretary of State. Great leaders don't need four years to make an impact in one job. They make an immediate impact and earn their right to move ahead sooner than those who can't make any impact until or after a mythical 4 years. Unfortunately, no matter how great of a leader you are, there's always someone out there who doesn't like a decision that's been made and becomes critical of their entire performance. Peters isn't running away but pursuing the opportunity to move up because of the great job he has done. He has earned his right to move up to the next level NOW, whether it be in the CPS or somewhere else where there is an opening and need for his outstanding leadership. As a former battalion commander once told me, never give up opportunities to advance because they may never come your way again.

    Dr. Mark Thompson

  • In reply to drmarkthompson:

    Can you actually list some of Peters accomplishments in the Lake Calumet network?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    yes, Dr. Thompson-please list them; although it is already as you say, your last comment on this thread. True, the comment is anonymous, but one still has a right to be heard and read.
    Methinks thou dost protest too much.
    BTW-your Colin Powell analogy is over the top.

  • In reply to drmarkthompson:

    CPS is dysfunctional in general because of the top administrators, making bad educational policy with support from Rahm and the Millionaire School Board, which siphons money from where the money needs to go. CPS runs the school district with both distrust of teachers and by coercion. That CPS culture of distrust and coercion is not the method that functional school districts operate from. I find it interesting that the ever revolving door of administrators is considered minor by CPS? They don't stay long enough to be studied or assessed. I have never read a peer reviewed educational journal mention any AIO/Network Chief for their excellence! I wonder why?

  • In reply to viniciusdm:

    amen... 110% true!

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  • Charter schools the worst at FOIA compliance. Sad.


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