Today's education news: CPS says it's going to expand the student-based budgeting plan from a 40-school pilot to citywide, which means among other things that principals will have to pay for their teachers' salaries rather than just paying a citywide average salary. Prepare for howls of rage. Some minority lawmakers are threatening to end or slow the planning closing process. The Tribune editorial page says that not renting empty CPS buildings to charters makes no sense.
CPS restructures funding to give principals more say on spending Sun Times: Chicago Public Schools will transition to a new per-pupil funding model next fiscal year intended to give principals greater flexibility on determining how each school’s dollars are spent — on staffing and programming — while bringing all schools, including charters, onto the same funding formula, CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced Monday.
New CPS funding formula drops 30-pupil standard Tribune: Chicago Public Schools officials plan to scrap a school funding formula that assumes a typical class size of 30 students in favor of a system that would divide money on a more straightforward per-pupil basis.
CPS changing how it gives money to schools WBEZ: Currently, all charter schools and about 40 district schools are funded on a per-student basis. Critics worry per-student funding gives principals an incentive to hire less-experienced teachers in order to provide more programs or have smaller class sizes.
CPS Introduces Per-Pupil Budgeting CPS Chatter: This move will also make principals much less likely to hire older teachers who already face a difficult time getting hired in the system. Principals can hire 3 first year teachers for the cost or 2 veterans. This is obviously a move toward vouchers and further deskilling of our profession. Somehow it doesn’t surprise me much.
Lawmakers threaten to push CPS closings moratorium Chicago Tribune: The news conference comes a week after a district commission found that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett could safely close or overhaul as many as 80 schools this year, despite earlier concerns noting the district had never ...
Black and Latino legislators call for moratorium on CPS closures Sun Times: Leaders of the Illinois Legislature’s black and Latino caucuses on Monday accused CPS of preparing to close schools without having a comprehensive plan in place and called for a moratorium on closings for the 2013-2014 school year.
Rational Decisions and Heartbreak on School Closings NYT: Officials in cities like Philadelphia, Chicago and Washington are being met with anger and criticism as they close schools citing budgets.
A promise worth breaking Tribune (editorial): Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has made an unfortunate promise: She won't allow those shuttered buildings to be reopened as stand-alone charter schools. Byrd-Bennett shouldn't have made that promise. CPS shouldn't keep it.
Lawsuit highlights difficulty for parents of students with special needs WBEZ: But a lawsuit filed against Chicago Public Schools indicates it may be a hard one to get schools to acknowledge. Heriberto Lopez Alberola and his ex-wife Elizabeth Nash filed a lawsuit against CPS last week, claiming the Ogden International School ...
FOIA Fest for journalists, activists CMW: How much does CPS spend on standardized testing? How is the CHA spending federal subsidies it’s getting for housing units that it’s failed to occupy? What’s happened to the clients of mental health clinics that were closed? Which schools are losing students to urban violence?
Emanuel: Chicago Casino Money Would Go To Schools CBS2: Mayor Emanuel says Chicago children would be the beneficiaries if the state allows the city to have a gambling casino.
New school may come to the South Loop, but neighbors demand park Gazette: The possibility of a new British School of Chicago in the South Loop became a hot topic at a recent Greater South Loop Association meeting attended by approximately 75 local residents.