October 1, 2013
CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today released the District’s state-mandated, draft guidelines for evaluating any change to a school such as addressing co-locations or re-assigning boundary changes to expand access to a high-quality education for all students. CPS will seek feedback from the community on how to strengthen these guidelines and provide supportive learning environments tailored to the specific needs of every child in every neighborhood.
“These guidelines are part of an ongoing conversation with the community on how every child can have access to a classroom with a challenging, personalized curriculum, clean, safe facilities, and an overall supportive school environment that helps them grow and thrive,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “Any decisions made will include the voices of our most important stakeholders – the community – through an inclusive, open and transparent manner, and they will have the opportunity to incorporate their feedback.”
On top of language for co-locations and reassigning attendance boundaries, the draft guidelines also include specific criteria for school closures. The Mayor and CPS also reaffirm their commitment to a five-year moratorium beginning in fall 2013 for facility closures due to academics or underutilization.
State law requires the CPS CEO to publish draft guidelines by October 1 and host a 21-day community feedback process. During this process, CPS will seek and incorporate community feedback from key stakeholders, including parents, Local School Councils, Community Action Councils and other community groups, using multiple modes of communication to engage communities throughout Chicago. CPS will engage communities via a citywide tele-town hall, soliciting feedback via email and a survey online at www.cps.edu.
After the feedback period ends, CPS will review and incorporate suggestions from stakeholders as needed. If there are significant changes to the draft guidelines, CPS will release an updated draft and begin another 21-day period to solicit additional feedback, before releasing final guidelines on or before Dec. 1.
Copies of the draft guidelines are available at www.cps.edu/guidelines. Comments can be submitted via email to CEOguidelines@cps.edu, via fax to (773) 553-5345, or by mail to: Chicago Public Schools, 125 S. Clark Street, 5th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603, Attn: CEO's Office re: Draft Guidelines. Public comments must be received by Oct. 21 at 5:00 PM.
Chicago Public Schools serves 400,000 students in 681 schools. It is the nation's third-largest school district.