CPS Transitioning Plan

CPS Transitioning Plan

Today's news includes lots of coverage of the "new" transition plan CPS rolled out in anticipation the of school closing announcement -- plus a fascinating look from Catalyst at the strangely long period of time between the announcements and the final determination. Oh, and Penny Pritzker has resigned.  Who will replace her?  You?  OK, excellent. 


CPS plans security for students moving to new schools Tribune: Chicago Public Schools on Thursday unveiled a security plan for students whose schools are closed that includes paying community groups to watch over kids as they go to and from their new schools and adding security personnel inside those schools.

CPS plans more security, upgraded equipment in consolidated schools Sun Times: Chicago Public Schools’ plans to keep children safe as it moves them to new schools in September include ramping up its Safe Passages program, the district announced Thursday. CPS also will upgrade equipment in the buildings receiving children from shuttered schools, invest in summer programs and activities that will help blend cultures, and add at least one new security guard to each consolidated school, CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said.

Safety plans for closings outlined Catalyst: Much of what they outlined--from community members patroling the routes to and from school to social emotional programs at welcoming schools--have been offered before at welcoming schools. The newest part of the plan was that at least one security guard from the closing school would follow the students to the welcoming school. 

CPS Transition Plan Underway WTTW: Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett released a school safety plan today. It's part of an overall transition plan she says every school that will be closed or receive students will get when she announces her final schools closing list on March 31. Elizabeth Brackett reports.


School closing logistics on tight timeline Catalyst:When CPS officials went to Springfield to shift the recommendation back from December to March, they did not request a shorter time period between the announcement and the vote, according to a source familiar with negotiations.  As a result, the Board of Education vote cannot take place until May.

Emanuel Orders Shift in School Building Jobs Crain's: via CPS Chatter: “In an action that has the City Hall grapevine buzzing, the Emanuel administration is leaning on Chicago Public Schools to run at least $100 million and potentially much more in construction work through another agency, despite concerns from some about higher costs.”


Penny Pritzker resigns from the school board Tribune: Billionaire Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker has resigned from the Chicago Board of Education effective Thursday, according to a letter she sent to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Penny Pritzker resigns from Chicago Board of Education WBEZ: Pritzker did not mention the potential Cabinet post or give a reason for her resignation in a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel Thursday. She thanked Emanuel for the opportunity to serve and said she "wholeheartedly" supports the work he's doing to improve Chicago schools.

Alvarez & Marsal Bolsters Public Sector Services with Addition of Two Senior ... EON: Enhanced Online News (press release): Alvarez & Marsal has expanded its Public Sector Services group with the addition of Ron Huberman, the former superintendent of the Chicago Public Schools and former chief of staff to Mayor Richard M. Daley.


CTA increases fares for students WBEZ: The Chicago Transit Authority voted Wednesday to raise the cost of public transportation for university students. The U-Pass, which allows students to ride for $.81 a day, will increase to $1.07.

 CPS adopts per-pupil budgets, equal charter funding Catalyst: As they roll out student-based budgeting, CPS is side-stepping the thorny issue of how to handle the additional funding that schools get for low-income students, special education and bilingual students and for magnet and selective enrollment schools. This money will not be folded into the per-student allotment, but rather doled out based on the complicated formula currently in use.

Persepolis Graphic Novel Being Removed From Chicago Public Schools Comicbook: Fred Klonsky, a retired public school teacher from Chicago is reporting on his blog that Persepolis, the best-selling graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi is currently being removed from Chicago Public Schools.


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  • From catalyst: "INFORMING PARENTS: Apples to Apples and the Open Data Institute have launched a website, SchoolCuts.org, intended to give parents information about school closing decisions. Parents can also select their children's current school to learn more about it and schools where they may be reassigned."

  • This link works: http://www.schoolcuts.org/.

  • 7 of the first 10 schools on the list are named after African-Americans: Louis Armstrong, Benjamin Banneker, Arthur Ashe, Mary McLeod Bethune, Ira Aldridge, Crispus Attucks, Arna Wendell Bontemps- and I haven't even added in the others further down the alphabet- Ronald McNair, George Washington Carver, Songhai, etc.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I find it ironic that Emmett Till is also on the list.

  • Emanuel can always replace Penny Pincher with another member of the grueling Pritzker clan. If not there are plenty of wealthy, out-of-touch Euro-Americans to choose from.

  • The proposed transfer of all CPS construction to the Building Commission that the Crain's story discussed could lead to the elimination of even more CPS central office positions. At the rate CPS is reducing the scope of the central office they will not need much space at all once they move.

    There is some irony here, the very people likely to be cut as part of a shift to Building Commission may also be the people picking the new offices they will be downsized out of.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Hmmmm.......Mr. Vitale (AUSL), Mr. Rangel (UNO) and Dr. Traubert (Penny Pritzker's husband) all sit on the PBC. And, it's chaired by Rahm. Is it coincidence that this transfer of power is being made in the same year that CPS is in the process of massive school closures?

  • Chicago school activists get trained in civil disobedience tactics http://ow.ly/j3epK Washington Post

  • Why is Bethune on the list? Didn't Zipporah Hightower save it?

  • My principal told me that our beautiful art room will be converted to a kindergarten classroom. My art program for students will be art on a cart. I teach140 students a day in the art room. Now this room will be used by just 30 students all day. I thought the Mayor was supporting art.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Something's fishy. Why isn't the current kindergarten room being used for all day kindergarten? Or, is this going to be an additional kindergarten class?

    The same 30 kindergarten students all day trumps 30 different students for art each period.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Any one talking about tuition based preschool at 10k a year? Talk about pre school for all....there are even waiting lists at CPS schools for tuition based pre school. Children are turned away from their neighborhood school because of no room, when that same school has 2 tuition based preschools. What a joke.

  • In reply to 30 years:

    Children can NOT be turned away from their neighborhood schools, grades K and up. Complain to the network; no room is not an excuse.

  • It is an additonal kindergaten class. Who are you to say that 140 students per day-500 a week should not have access to a classroom for art? I am sure that their parents would NOT agree with you.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Be happy that the principal is keeping the Art program alive at the school next year. Eventually, I believe principals will close the art/music positions and hire art/music consultants (non-certified teachers) to provide enrichment classes. CPS will save money on medical and pension costs and principals will not need to allocate discretionary funds for art supplies.

  • If your principal ALREADY knows that there will be another/new K classroom, it sounds like some schools are getting the heads up (hints) that they will be receiving kids (not closing being consolidated)

  • In reply to district299reader:

    It has nothing to do with schools being consolidated. Every school that has 2 sessions of half-day kindergarten using the same one room will need another room to make 2 full-day kindergartens. A lot of schools are scrambling to find space and the only option for many is to give up a music room or art room or the like. My school already has "art on a cart" and no rooms available. I'm not sure where we are supposed to put an additional classroom.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Art/Music? Lucky you

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Scrambling to find space? Must be a northside school because everybody's school on the south and west side is under used according to cps.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Yes, northside school

  • Our school is losing the pre-kindergaten program to make way for the mandated longer kindergaten day.

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  • Anyone who doubts the arts are important should watch this Ken Robinson TED talk. http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html
    Art on a cart and an actual art classroom are two different things. And while something is better than nothing, it's clear that the message we send children is that art isn't very important. But the arts for many children are the key to remaining engaged in school. We sacrifice something in them, nascent talent, when we erode the presence of arts in our schools.

  • kids don't show up all the time unless they're required to, says WSJ

    Districts find youngest students among most absent - WSJ.com http://ow.ly/jbr4R

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