CPS Realigns Network Structure to Better Support District-Run Schools 

Changes will enhance District’s ability to target Network resources


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.


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