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Teacher turnover

CPS has never had a strong, districtwide program of teacher induction and mentoring to stem an attrition rate that is higher than the national average. Instead, efforts to retain teachers depend on smaller-scale programs and individual principals who make it a goal to empower—and keep—their teachers.

facilities

December 15, 2011

As part of preparing a new $659 school construction and capital spending plan, officials used a new formula to determine school utilization. In the process, they determined that the district has 130,000 empty seats--a quarter of the seats available in schools throughout the city.

That figure, a result of the district’s declining enrollment, shows the extent of building under-utilization throughout CPS. Yet when deciding how to invest their capital improvement dollars, Chief Administrative Officer Tim Cawley said Thursday that officials steered away from buildings that might be shut down in the next five to 10 years.

October 31, 2011

Officials released the district’s long-awaited criteria for school actions this afternoon, providing a glimpse of which schools could be closed, phased out or consolidated at the end of this year.

October 06, 2011

At a sparsely attended Thursday night forum at CPS headquarters, three of CPS’ most well-established charter school operators pitched their plans to open up 10 new charters over the next two school years. 

November 24, 2008
By: Staff

OVERCROWDING RELIEF   A new Southwest Side middle school, slated to open this fall at 53rd Street and South St. Louis, will take in 6th- through 8th-graders from overcrowded Sandoval and Tonti elementary schools. The new school has not yet been named. Teachers from Sandoval and Tonti can reapply to teach at the new school, but are not guaranteed jobs. Sandoval and Tonti will restructure to serve kindergarten through 5th-graders.

January 24, 2008

Posted Jan. 23, 2008: CPS officials plan to announce the next round of school closings and restructurings Thursday afternoon. In recent statements, Mayor Daley and Schools CEO Arne Duncan have indicated that the district will close or consolidate under-enrolled schools—as many as 50 over the next five years—to save money. School officials say students would be moved to nearby schools with more programming options.

June 01, 2007

Tracy Treadwell, a veteran on the local school council at Sumner Elementary, didn't expect a quick fix of the West Garfield Park school's roof supports when the district set aside more than $300,000 for repairs back in 2004. It can take months, and sometimes years, for the district to start projects after earmarking funds in its capital budget.

May 10, 2007
By: Ed Finkel

Since January 2006, Chicago Public Schools has been cited eight times by the Illinois Department of Labor for having unsafe or unhealthy working conditions in eight schools.

Two of those schools, Montefiore Special School on the Near West Side and Monroe Elementary in Logan Square, have been cited multiple times for roof leaks and other damage that, according to some staff at the schools, have yet to be completely repaired.

May 10, 2007

The city and school district are charging ahead with Mayor Richard Daley's $1 billion Modern Schools construction plan.

More than $400 million in bonds has been issued, and construction has begun on two schools: a $35 million replacement of Miles Davis Elementary in West Englewood, scheduled to open in fall 2008; and a $103 million replacement for Westinghouse High in Humboldt Park projected to open in fall 2009. All three of the plan's major renovation projects—$30 million efforts at Mather, Austin and Collins high schools—are underway.

May 10, 2007
By: Ed Finkel

School districts across the country are facing pressure to improve classroom performance under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, but are giving short shrift to problems like bad lighting or poorly heated classrooms that can affect learning, says a spokesman for the American Federation of Teachers.

"It's a topic that doesn't get nearly enough discussion in the education dialogue," says spokesman George Jackson. "We don't talk about the [buildings] where we expect students to go and hit all these [legislated] benchmarks. It can't be a separate conversation."

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