On Wednesday, City Council's Committee on Education and Child Development finally had a hearing "to address issue of sexual abuse and safety of children in Chicago Public Schools." You can find our thread of live tweets from the 3 hour hearing here. We spoke at the hearing and you can find our prepared statement here.
Here are some things that may be of interest: CEO Jackson was not there nor was unelected CPS BOE President Frank Clark- neither appeared at the IL House and Senate joint hearing this past summer either. Staffers from the new $3M Office of Student Protections and Title IX (OSP) were present, gave a presentation explaining their roles, and answered many questions from several alderman. Their current interim chief is Douglas Henning, who moved from the CPS Law Department into this position. During our statement we stressed to CPS the need to share the presentation on the new Office of Student Protections (OSP) with CPS parents, students, and educators.
Betrayed: A Conversation with Chicago Tribune reporters who uncovered CPS sexual abuse
Please join Enlace Chicago, Parents 4 Teachers, RYH, Northside Action for Justice, and Kenwood Oakland Community Organization for a conversation with Trib reporters to learn more about their investigation and learn what has happened within CPS since the sex abuse was revealed.
Confirmed reporters: David Jackson, Investigative Reporter and Jennifer Smith Richards, Data Reporter. Moderator: George Papajohn, Associate Managing Editor for Investigation. Thursday, December 6, 7-8:30pm, Jesse White Park, 410 W Chicago Avenue. Please RSVP here!
School action announcement today. CPS Annual Regional Analysis (ARA) meetings: 6 more to go!
By law, CPS must announce any school actions (closings; consolidations; etc) by December 1st. Since Dec 1 is this Saturday, CPS will be announcing any school actions for 2019-20 TODAY. We definitely have this on our mind and wonder how these #CPSARA meetings fit into these decisions, now and in the future?
#CPSARA meetings start up again next week. This article from Chalkbeat Chicago gives details on the last 6 meetings happening in these regions: Greater Midway Area (meeting at Curie HS); North Lakefront Region (meeting at Sullivan HS); Near West Region (meeting at Phoenix Military HS); Bronzeville/South Lakefront Region (meeting at Dyett HS); Northwest Side Region (meeting at Roosevelt HS); and Central Area Region (meeting at Graham Training Center HS). You can find your region by using this tool.
We have a post on the CPS ARA meetings here which includes questions to ask and consider. We recommend reading this before attending a meeting and reading this if you are wondering what we are talking about- we include the who, what, where, when, and why of the meetings.
Here’s Chalkbeat Chicago coverage of last week’s Greater Stockyards Region meeting with some great comments made by community members about the need for teachers for ELLs and special education students and the need for counselors and social workers who can work with children suffering from trauma: South Side parents: “We’re struggling with high schools’
ICYMI… In early October, we joined with Blocks Together and Generation All to write a statement about the Annual Regional Analysis (ARA). We believe this report is based on some flawed assumptions.
3 charter proposals up for a vote at Wednesday’s unelected BOE meeting
You can find all of the details on the CPS 2018 Request for Proposal to Open a New School here. If you scroll down and click on “Applicant Overview” you can find a chart which provides some information on the 3 charter school proposals which are scheduled to be on Wednesday’s BOE agenda. None of these proposals appear in the CPS Annual Regional Analysis (ARA). Also at the BOE, a number of charter schools will be up for renewal. Please see the upcoming events below for details on the BOE meeting and instructions on how you can sign up to speak or attend.
Update on the charter commission bill
Raise Your Hand Action was in Springfield again this past week for the second part of Veto Session. Unfortunately, the bill to weaken the charter commission died in the Senate. You can read an update from RYHA here which includes a great summary of what happened from Jim Broadway.
In other news
NPR Illinois: Pritzker Names Education Advisory Team
NPR Illinois: Higher Ed Weighs In On K-12 Teacher Standards
⟹ CPS ARA Briefings (ARA = Annual Regional Analysis)
Dates & locations vary; the next one is scheduled for Th Dec 6
You can find the schedule for these meetings here and here. Here is our post about what to expect at the #CPSARA meetings, what questions to consider & ask, and more details of what we’ve learned about the process.
Wed Dec 5, 10:30am
CPS, 42 W Madison
You must register online to speak. That registration begins on Mon Dec 3 at 10:30am.
Online registration to speak or attend is here. If you plan to attend, it is best to also register online in advance and starting Mon Dec 3 at 10:30am at the same link. We will be there so please contact us if you need assistance: firstname.lastname@example.org
Th Dec 6, 7-8:30pm
Jesse White Park and Community Center
410 W. Chicago Avenue
Wed Dec 12, 5-7:30pm
Malcolm X College
1900 W Jackson Blvd