Campaign: School Guidelines

Co-location criteria needed

The other criteria to recommend a school action based on co-location seems to broad and vague, and it seems like the Board can just unilaterally make this decision for no good reason, which take us back to the previous administration's lack of transparency and the resulting fallout.

It would be much better to propose defined criteria that would help specify the conditions for a co-location (i.e. utilization under 33%, declining enrollment, etc.).

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Campaign: FY12 Budget

Early Childhood

I think it's great that CPS is putting more focus on Early Childhood Education. So many studies have shown how important it is to get children in the classroom sooner rather than later. So great job by focusing on Early Childhood CPS.

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Campaign: FY12 Budget

Great idea

I really like that CPS is maintaining class sizes

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Campaign: FY12 Budget

Stop the Incessant Assessments!

In many CPS schools, students are given 7-9, 3 hour standardized assessments per year. That means students are taking standardized assessments about every 2-3 weeks, and this doesn't include midterms and finals. The students get burned out (anybody would!), and rarely do they take these assessments seriously, yet schools are held accountable for whether the scores are improving. These standardized assessments cost thousands of dollars and take away from instructional time, but have little validity because students are just not taking them seriously. Our kids are not robots, they are intellectual and curious young adults hungry for enrichment and experience. Why not invest in enrichment programs or technology rather than dumping CPS funds into incessant assessments?

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Campaign: FY12 Budget

Charge Tuition

Charge tuition on a sliding scale just as the free and reduced lunch program works. Nothing in our constitution guarantees a free education, and it's time parents share this responsibility instead of hitting everyone with tax increases. I don't want to deny ANYONE an education that cannot afford it, but there are MANY, MANY families who can pay something or most of lthe cost of educationg their children.

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Budget from alternative sources

I applaud the health efforts that CPS has started with making reccess mandatory and including a nutrition segment in the SIPAAA.

 

I would suggest that the CPS board would consider to have aldermen agree to use TIF funds to include additional resources for school (extended learning time or investing in school soccer, basketball teams). I hope that CPS can receive more funding from the state instead of depending on local revenue. IL is one of the states that allocates the least amount of funding for education.

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Campaign: FY12 Budget

Take back TIF funds

Mr. Brizard,

 

While it is a step in the right direction that your boss has made use of TIF funds more transparent it does little to solve the problem. There are still many millions of dollars diverted from the public schools to serve private developers. Take back the funding that is rightfully ours and balance the books the right way. Instead of fighting against the educators of Chicago you should be fighting for us. Stand-up to your boss and tell him to give back the TIF money that rightfully belongs to CPS.

 

Regards,

A parent, CPS teacher, and property owner

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Campaign: FY12 Budget

Where is the Innovation Plan in this budget?

I'm struck by the absence of an innovation plan in this budget. What are the tested innovation initiatives that are being expanded? What are the new ideas that will be tried in controlled "test markets" in the coming year. I would have expected to see Innovation Initiatives that address both quality improvements (people-driven and technology-driven) and cost (fixed and variable) reductions. Ask yourselves "What Would Apple Do?" (as it relates to innovation)...and build it into the plan. I for one would not approve this budget without it.

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TIF Reform

Unless I'm misunderstanding, a large portion of the proposed raise in property taxes will go to TIFs rather than schools. It is time we recognize that school funding must not be diverted to other city projects. TIF reform is imperative so that money collected for schools will actually go to the schools.

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Sports Programs

Consider scaling back on sports programs. Are we concerned with education or athletics? There are plenty of community programs that offer sports, recreation, and athletic programs for children and teens. How much money is spent on sports programs that can be used to enrich educational programs? Just a thought!

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Forensic audit

If CPS would put real numbers in the budget, be as transparent as they claim to want to be, get TIF money that is suppose to go to the schools, oh, yeah and receive from the lottery which was suppose to be for schools, stop throwing out good stuff, - O.K. I think that's enough for now - then I think their budget might be in order without having to raise taxes.

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Revenue Ideas for CPS

Charge consultant fee for professional staff information that is expected and shared with other schoold districts. Who are the experts on our children in Chicago? CPS!

Tax for those who scream preferential treatment in hiring "Chicago's very own"

Why would our children and Adult children raised by CPS suffer be hungry and jobless for someone who is NOT from Chicago?

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