Should "Low" Schools Keep Funding?

Should "Low" Schools Keep Funding?

So a kid got robbed and shot near Roosevelt, and a security guard died at Thornwood.  CPS is holding schools harmless for roughly $50 million in students who didn't show up -- but obviously taking that money from somewhere else (what do you think?). There's a new (to me) app showing you the CPS Tiers for the new school year (pictured, link below).

MONEY

Lessons from Detroit: Why Doing What Feels Wrong May Be the Right Answer ... Huffington Post: What if he knows that Karen Lewis' solution to just keep raising property taxes on Chicago families will only drive people from the city, making revenue for our schools that much more difficult for years to come?

Chicago enrollment dip doesn't cost principals
WBEZ: In a surprise, the Chicago Public Schools got fewer children overall than it anticipated. District demographics officials had projected an enrollment of 405,519. But the final tally, taken Monday, the 20th day of school, was 400,545.

SAFETY

Roosevelt High School Shooting In Chicago Leaves Student Injured After ...
Huffington Post: A 15-year-old boy was shot outside his high school during an attempted robbery on Chicago's Northwest Side Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

Violence in Chicago: A Tale of Two Cities The Atlantic: Whole communities are burdened by fear of violent crime, while others remain blissfully ignorant, in America's most segregated city.

School security guard dies after breaking up fight in hallway CLTV: A security guard at a high school in the south suburbs died, after trying to break up a fight. It happened Thursday afternoon at Thornwood High School in South Holland. Police say Richard Cowser and another security guard were trying to stop a fight between two female students in a school hallway. When Cowser tried to separate the students, he fell against a locker and began having trouble breathing.
Security guard dies after breaking up fight at Thornwood High School Sun Times: Security officers responded to a fight between two female students in a hallway at the school, police said. As officers tried to break up the fight, one of them fell against a locker and was injured. South Holland paramedics were called to help the guard, who was unconscious and having trouble breathing, police said.
Violence in Chicago: A Tale of Two Cities The Atlantic: In more recent years, Chicago Public Schools cut funds for a college preparatory program, a truancy prevention program, Saturday school, and a reading program.
Anatomy of two shootings in Washington, DC, and Chicago Workers World: Surely, none of these things are part of the root cause of the rise in violence in communities. Chicago Teacher's Union President Karen Lewis dubbed Emanuel the “murder mayor,” saying of him: “Look at the murder rate in this city. He's murdering schools."
MISC

Chicago Board of Education to address overcrowded schools Chicago Tribune: Having voted to close dozens of underused schools just four months ago, the Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday heard from parents, community members ...

Editorial: Restore Jesse Owens name to this school Tribune: Many Chicago school buildings bear the names of historical figures that, sorry to say, most people don't remember. But who could forget Jesse Owens? He leapt to fame in the 1936 Olympics, the rangy 22-year-old African-American athlete, an Alabama...

Chicago Public School Tiers OpenApps: This tool helps you find what CPS tier you are in. Tier update! We've updated this site with tiers for the 2014-2015 school year. See the official CPS site for more.

Child-sex felon worked for City Hall, Chicago school system Chicago Sun-Times: Illinois Department of Corrections mugshot of Jesus Alanis, 42, of Chicago, a former City Hall and Chicago Public Schools employee convicted in a child-sex case and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

NATIONAL

Test scores flat, raising concerns about students' readiness USA Today: In a report out today, the non-profit College Board says just 43% of SAT takers in the high school class of 2013 earned a score that indicates they will succeed in the first year of college. That percentage has remained "virtually unchanged" for at least five years, said Cyndie Schmeiser, chief of assessment for the College Board, based in New York.

From China to Chicago, K12 Inc. markets more than virtual schools Politico: K12 doesn’t break down how many of the 4,500 students enrolled in the International Academy last year were foreign nationals (or how many attended just part-time). But the company says it has significant enrollment from China, Mexico, Brazil and Dubai, where K12 runs a tutoring center at a university complex so students can get face-to-face help, for an extra fee.

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  • Did Jesus Alanis pass a background check with fingerprinting? Do charter school employees pass a background check with fingerprinting?

    What is the percentage of charter school teachers/admin who are not licensed to teach in Illinois or any other state?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    This guy is a total sicko, but let's not make this about charter schools. He never worked for a charter school. The article indicates that he worked for City Hall, CPS, an alderman and UNO. Linkedin confirms this info and says he worked for UNO was late 90s, before UNO started running schools.

    Yes, all charter employees go through background checks and fingerprint check before hired.

    There is not a centralized way to collect information on teachers/admins licensed in other states but working in Illinois. According to the law, charter staff must be 75% certified in Illinois and remaining 25% must meet reqs: Bachelor's, 5yrs work experience, passing basic skills/subject test, and continued PD.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Who is checking this as I know of at least 3 young non-certified/licensed graduates who were recently hired by the charters-Illinois schools, so out of state coursework is not the excuse.....who verifies it does not dip below 25% non-certified/licensed and what are the consequences if it does?

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    Alana Baum on Huffington Post, advocating more TIF money for rich folks. I guess she doesn't rub elbows with too many "regular people" at her Michigan Avenue psychology office, and that's what her investment banker buddies say is right. So let's let Rahm do whatever he wants, 'cause he's so smart and brave!

  • Alana Baum writes in her commentary on the lessons of Detroit: "Which brings me to the very question I have been asking myself this past summer: What if Mayor Emanuel is not the bad guy? What if he is doing exactly what he needs to do for Chicago not to end up like Detroit? What if he knows that Karen Lewis' solution to just keep raising property taxes on Chicago families will only drive people from the city, making revenue for our schools that much more difficult for years to come?"

    Alana is wrong President Lewis has not been asking the CPS Board to raise property taxes beyond the statutory cap, I am the culprit in relation to that crime. Also Moody's has also been the culprit in making a similar request which the Mayor has rejected.

    Detroit's biggest problem was not the property tax rate, it was the fact that in mass people stopped paying any property taxes. Nearly half of the owners of Detroit's 305,000 properties failed to pay their tax bills last year, exacerbating declining revenues and diminished services for the city in a financial crisis, according to a Detroit News analysis of government records.

    You can't pay your taxes if you don't have a job and unemployment rate in the city has nearly tripled since 2000 and is more than double the national average.

    Ms. Baum discussed what she believed to be the Mayor's vision for employment stating "building our city's infrastructure and making it more appealing to tourists and young workers (in fields like computers and technology) would bring growth, business, jobs and sustainable revenue that will actually allow Chicago Public Schools to be funded and flourish long-term."

    Unfortunately CPS does not have time to deal with a long term plan that might if it did work take a generation to realize. As Fitch stated in its statement lowering the CPS credit ratings yet again just on Monday CPS will be near default by 2015 and that: "Fitch discounts the probability of effective pension reform in time to meaningfully reduce the very large budget gap before reserves are all but depleted."

    CPS and the City of Chicago need to go to the General Assembly and seek permission to exceed the current property tax cap for at least three years. The district needs to generate revenue relatively rapidly and if a miracle occurs CPS can always lower the tax rate again. But right now there are no miracles on the horizon.

    Rod Estvan

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