October 30, 2013
CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today unveiled a new District-wide Network structure that will
reduce the current 19 Networks to 13, allowing for a more efficient school support system that will ultimately
re-direct more dollars back to the classroom.
“By creating instructional continuity Network by Network, this realignment will allow us to better deliver
supports and resources to District-run schools and enhance their efforts to give every student access to a high
quality education,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.
The District is organized into academic networks that provide administrative support, strategic direction and
leadership development to all schools. Networks provide critical supports to their schools to help boost student
learning and success, which include professional development plans to support teacher growth and
development, collecting and assessing data to drive academic interventions and investments for students in
need, collaborating on best practices with other networks, and enhancing community and parental involvement.
The District’s goal is to ensure students are 100% college ready and 100% college bound when they graduate.
The new structure will help students, teachers and parents reach that goal by staying with students throughout
their CPS academic career, allowing for a more coherent, continuous delivery of instruction and support for
students. The new structure will serve students from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade, and will no longer
separate elementary from high schools network by network. Additionally, the realignment reflects the current
landscape of the District allowing CPS to better target network supports school by school.
Every Network will have approximately 10 employee positions, including: Network Chief, Deputy Chief, Data
Strategist, Executive Assistant, and six Instructional Support Leaders. Depending on the needs of the Network,
these positions may fluctuate. Networks currently have approximately 16 staff per network. This realignment
will eliminate a total of 79 positions.
Some school types that require more specialized education supports will operate under their own organizational
structure. The Alternative Schools Network, which has been renamed the Department of Option Schools, will
report to the Office of Innovation and Incubation. Service Leadership Academies (Military) will be counted in
the new Network structure, but will operate as its own unit within the District. Lastly, AUSL schools will no
longer be included under the new Network structure and will instead receive support directly from the Chief
Officer of Network Supports.
Chicago Public Schools serves 400,000 students. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.