CPS announced a new calendar to make up for days lost during the strike. Students will be required to attend days that were previously holidays or summer break days.
For Regular Track Students, the following dates are NOW school days:
Jan 3 and 4 (Previously a part of Winter Break,)
Feb. 18 - President's Day (No longer a day off)
June 19, 20, 21, and 24 (Previously a part of Summer Break)
- April 1-5 (No longer Spring Break; school IS in session this week)
- Spring Break - Now scheduled for March 25-29, 2013.
Oct 15-19 (Previously a part of fall break)
Feb. 18-President's Day (No longer a day off)
- The last day of school is now June 19th
Upcoming Columbus Day on Oct. 8th will be an attendance day this school year but will revert to a school holiday next year.
This year students will have 181 school days, as compared to last year's 170-day school year. Six of the new days will be half days. Since school start times vary, check with your school as to what the start and end times are for your children's "half days". They are scheduled for 3.5 hours, breakfast and lunch included in the day. Those newly added HALF days are:
- October 10, 2012;
- November 9, 2012;
- December 5, 2012;
- February 27, 2013;
- April 12, 2013; and
- May 8, 2013
Raise Your Hand is advocating to have parents placed on the committee for the unified calendar next year. Currently CPS schools operate on two different tracks. Two-thirds of schools operate on the Regular Track while others operate on Track E (year round). Next year CPS is shifting for one calendar for all schools. Email CEO Brizard at email@example.com if you feel that CPS parents should be a part of this committee.
CPS announced the appointment of a new Chief Financial Officer. Peter W. Rogers was previously the President and CEO of Diners Club International. Before that he was the Executive Vice President and Regional Marketing Director of Citibank's Consumer Group, European Division in London. He has also worked for Wilson Sporting Goods and Proctor and Gamble.
CPS debt rating has been further downgraded. Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Chicago Public Schools debt for the second time in a month, to A2. The downgrading results in higher interest rates charged to CPS when it borrows money. For more info, see article by Greg Hinz.