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In the News: 1st public charter high school for suburbs; CPS' executive chart

Despite opposition from Rich Township High School District 227, Southland College Preparatory Charter High School, the first public charter high school in suburban Chicago, officially opened Thursday in Matteson.

Southland College Preparatory Charter High School, the first public charter high school in suburban Chicago, officially opened Thursday in Matteson. Dr. Blondean Davis, superintendent of Matteson Elementary School District 162 and a former CPS chief of schools and regions, is the volunteer CEO of the new school, which opened with 125 freshmen. The Illinois Appellate Court on Tuesday denied a petition by Rich Township High School District 227 to prevent the school from opening. District 227 had argued that it would  lose more than $7 million a year in state funding as students who would normally attend the district's high school go to Southland. (Southtown Star, WBEZ and press release)

Related: ABC7 News' report on the opening of Southland.

Substance News published an organizational chart of CPS' current executive ranks, which it says illustrates that CEO Ron "Huberman has relegated those with classroom and school-based principal experience in Chicago to the sidelines." Substance culled the chart from the print edition of the Proposed Budget, 2010-2011. "The chart," George Schmidt writes, "shows that while claiming a budget 'deficit' for the past seven months, the Chief Executive Officer of Chicago's public school system has been adding to the ranks of unqualified outsiders running most key departments — and almost all of the ever-expanding 'Area Offices.' " 

In the state

Illinois education officials moved closer to creating a single standard for what it means to be a junior, saying all students should take the state's high school test three years after they graduate 8th grade. (Tribune)

Three suburban school districts — Keeneyville School District 20, Carpentersville's Community Unit School District 300 and Prospect Heights School District 23 — have joined together to build a 13-turbine wind farm in that would sell energy to defray their own electrical bills. The districts have leased farmland in Stark County for the 1.5 megawatt turbines. (Tribune)

Recent high school graduates helped Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 to achieve its highest overall composite score on the ACT in the past five years. (Daily Herald)

Downers Grove High School District 99 raises athletic, parking and sporting events fees to help balance $1.8 million budget shortfall. (Trib Local)

In the nation

Detroit Public Schools rescinds hundreds of teacher layoffs that had been announced in April. (Detroit Free Press)

Oakland, Calif., schools focus on achievement gap. (Bay Citizen)

2 comments

CPS ORG CHART wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

In the News: 1st public charter high school for suburbs; CPS' ex

The org chart, small as it is, can be found on page 314 of the CPS Proposed Budget 2010-2011.
http://www.cps.edu/About_CPS/Financial_information/Pages/FYBudget2011.aspx

It is interesting to note that the Chief Education Officer reports to NO ONE. Not Huberman. Not the Board. Not ANYONE. Not that this comes as any surprise to classroom teachers in CPS. Current administration simply does not value input from educators.

Also of note - of the 25 Chief Area Officer (CAO) positions - 22 areas plus alternative, autonomous, and turnaround - five of them are either open or filled temporarily. 20% of areas lack permanent leaders. Hmm. Interesting that Col. Rick Mills is responsible for two areas - 25 and 26. Curious that of the administrators reporting to the Chief Education Officer three of the seven are only acting administrators. Hmm.

What a mess.

The more my school is left completely alone by the Board, Central Office, and Area Office the better off we are. In CPS, the best one can hope for is to remain anonymous to the higher ups. There is no greater obstacle we face in the schools and in the classrooms than the administration and bureaucracy of CPS.

Edward Zuckerman wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

In the News: 1st public charter high school for suburbs; CPS' ex

Let's see if I have this right. By taking 125 students out of the three Rich Township high schools, the district will lose $7 million. That's $56,000 per student. How much does the district spend on a per student basis? Not even a fourth of that, I would imagine. This is the same school that was recently awarded $830,000 by the Obama administration to buy $325,000 worth of laptop computers for every student at Rich East. Doesn't anybody know how to add and subtract?

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