Here’s an unconfirmed email from a reader about CPS employees holding spots in line for parents (and cutting!), a hilariously awful practice that is described below as a “concierge service” for 7.5 hour supporters:
“When I got there a little before 6:30am, I notice my FACEmanager in the line before me, thought it was a little weird that CPS employees had to get there so early to get in line and then I noticed he was in line behind me. I started talking to a young woman in front of me, she happens to be the FACE manager for the Pilsen area. And then a older Chinese man comes to stand next to her, I was a little irritated by the cut in line but didn’t say anything. I heard them whispering about security, vandalism, etc. Another CPS employee kept popping up and telling the Pilsen FACE manager that her other parents were not going to make it. I started texting other parents I know in line and asked them to look around and see if they noticed any other FACE managers in line, sure enough a few other FACE managers were holding spots for parents that showed up much later than the rest of us. That would have been bad enough that they were holding spots for other people but come to find out these parents were all supporters of a longer 7.5 hr day. Basically the parents who question the longer day had to get there early and without any assistance but if you support a 7.5 hour day CPS will provide concierge service. This is another reason we do not believe CPS is truly trying to engage parents. I do not blame the FACE managers, this not something they would have initiated themselves. In fact my FACE manager lives nearby and is a pretty nice guy.”
Did this happen? Has it happened before? I’ve never heard of it happening in CPS before, though in Washington lobbyists hire homeless people and college kids to hold their places in line until meetings start.