Application Season Kicks Off

The craziness that is the school application process officially kicked off yesterday -- 15 different kinds of schools, multiple kinds of applications (though online is available in some cases), charter schools are separate (still). Oh, and nobody went to the Columbus Day parade.

Chicago parents: Get your [multiple] school applications ready WBEZ:  There are roughly 15 different types of schools and seven different applications, not counting charter schools, which each have their own application. The CPS-sponsored school options fair has been cancelled this year due to budget cuts.A number of other large urban school districts use application systems designed by IIPSC, including New York City, New Orleans, Boston and Denver.

Ready, Set, Apply…. for the 2013/2014 school year! cpsobsessed: STEP 1:  Get your PIN! STEP 2: Figure out which school you can/should/will apply for: STEP 3: Print or pick up the Options for Knowledge guidebook.  STEP 4: Ask questions! STEP 5: When you’re good and ready and have done all your research, submit your application online.  The deadline is December 14th.

CPS opens application process for selective, magnet schools Catalyst:  Broy admits that some charter schools are worried that the single-application system will expose that they are not in demand. Neighborhood schools are another issue. November 5 – Testing begins for selective enrollment elementary schools. November 17 – Testing begins for selective enrollment high schools. December 14 – All applications due.

Chicago’s Columbus Day Parade was sparsely attended WBEZ:  Earlier this year the Chicago Board of Education had angered Italian- and Polish-American groups by pushing to make Columbus Day and Pulaski Day into regular school days rather than holidays. The Chicago Teachers Union spoke out against the elimination of the days off, which was part of the board’s overall push for more classroom time for CPS students. Under the new teachers’ contract negotiated last month, Columbus Day will again be a day off in 2013.

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