Uh-oh? Chicagoist has a story about a [low-level] CPS employee working to create a new charter school in the Pershing network. And Catalyst notes a Substance article about a [presumably part-time and very lucrative] coaching contract Byrd-Bennett has with the Broad Foundation [whose head is a major Democratic fundraiser and considered by some to be the Darth Vader of school reform].
Also: More news about how CPS is going to pay for and roll out the full-day Kindergarten plan. There’s also a new sex ed program in the works, complete with information about sexual orientation.
CLOUT / CONFLICT OF INTEREST?
Byrd-Bennett on Broad Academy payroll Catalyst: Substance News has obtained a document through a Freedom of Information Act request that shows CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has “secondary employment” with The Broad Superintendent Academy as an Executive Coach, a contract she entered into before assuming her appointment as CPS chief. CPS Board president David Vitale approved Byrd-Bennett’s request in November to fulfill her Broad obligation, which ends April 30. Also, according to Substance, the Broad website had a copy of its “Handbook on School Closings” available.
Another Chicago Charter School with Clout? Chicagoist: Besides being a member of the Board of Education’s administration staff [as an instructional effectiveness specialist for the Pershing Network], Jeannie Kim is also a founding member of the design team for the proposed Be The Change charter school.
Cuts at CPS central office to fund full-day kindergarten Chicago Sun-Times: Currently, Chicago Public Schools have the option of substituting full-day kindergarten for the half-day required by state law. But principals who choose to provide a full school day for their youngest students must use discretionary funds to pay for …
Full-day kindergarten to be paid for with central office savings, CPS says Tribune: In the face of a steep budget deficit that is forcing school closings, Chicago Public Schools officials said Monday they have come up with $15 million to fund full-day kindergarten for all students.
Mayor expands full-day kindergarten to all Chicago Public Schools WBEZ: Chicago Public Schools is planning to increase funding for kindergarten by $15 million dollars next year by cutting positions in central office, cutting overtime for engineers, and renegotiating heat and electrical contracts. Illinois only mandates half-day kindergarten, but so do many other states. Only 10 states require a full-day program.
Full Day Kindergarten is Another Brilliant CPS Plan CPS Chatter: At my school that means that we need to find at least 4 extra rooms. We’re going to make classes larger and probably lose the music and art rooms, and possibly the library for good measure. When they mandate things for all schools, they fail to teach every school’s unique circumstances into account and this is a great example.
New CPS Sex Ed Program Starts Early, Addresses Sexual Orientation DNAinfo: It is important that we provide students of all ages with accurate and appropriate information so they can make healthy choices in regards to their social interactions, behaviors, and relationships,” CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said.