2016-2017 Guidelines for School Actions 

Welcome to Chicago Public Schools 2016-17 Guidelines for School Actions Information Page

Every year, CPS develops The CEO's Guidelines for School Actions (Guidelines). The Guidelines set out the rules the District must follow in order to propose any school actions (Co-location, Reassignment Boundary Change, Consolidation). School actions must be announced by December 1st. The DRAFT Guidelines must be posted on or before October 1st and CPS will collect feedback for 21 days. After reviewing the feedback and consulting with principals, teachers, and community members, CPS may release an updated version of the DRAFT Guidelines. If CPS does release an updated version of the DRAFT Guidelines, the new version will also be subject to a 21-day feedback period. After observing the 21-day feedback period the District will release a FINAL version of the Guidelines. The FINAL Guidelines can be found below:

FINAL Guidelines

Before the Board of Education votes on any proposed school actions, the public has the opportunity to provide comment at hearings conducted by independent hearing officers, who are licensed attorneys in Illinois. After the hearings, hearing officers will issue a written summary of the testimony provided as well as their findings of CPS' compliance with 105 ILCS 5/34-230 , the state law that governs school action processes, to CPS CEO Forrest Claypool. A list of independent hearing officers is posted below.

Independent Hearing Officers

2016 Guideline Development Process:

Prior to October 1st: CPS developed DRAFT Guidelines.
September 30: CPS released DRAFT Guidelines.
September 30th – October 21st: CPS collected public feedback about the DRAFT Guidelines.
After October 21st: CPS evaluated the submitted feedback.
October 31st: CPS released the list of independent hearing officers.
November 23rd: CPS released FINAL Guidelines.
On or before December 1st: (IF NECESSARY) CPS will announce school actions.

How can you deliver feedback to CPS regarding the 2016-17 Draft Guidelines?


Page Last Modified on Wednesday, November 23, 2016