CPS to Host Public Hearings on Draft 10-Year Educational Facilities Master Plan 

Parents and Community Members are Encouraged to Attend Meetings to Participate in Discussions about Long-Term Facility Usage Planning


September 4, 2013



CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) continues to engage parents and community members to provide feedback on long-term planning for the District at a series of public meetings on the draft 10-year Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP). Five meetings, one in each part of the City, are being held throughout the week to garner feedback on how the District should move forward with plans for building usage and facility upgrades.


In May, CPS released its draft EFMP for public review that outlines how the District plans to balance investments in CPS facilities and the significant long-term financial difficulties it faces over the next decade. CPS is working to build a district in which every child has the quality education they deserve and the 21st-century learning environments needed to succeed. The draft EFMP highlights efforts that support these goals, including initiatives to address overcrowding in some school communities, redirect resources toward upgrading the quality of education students receive, and expand access to rigorous academic programs in every community such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.


"We value the feedback of our parents, community members and other stakeholders, as we seek to offer a high-quality education for Chicago's next generation," said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. "We all hold a stake in our children's future, and it is up to us to work together in identifying a plan to serve all of our school communities in the best way that we can."


In addition to last night's meeting on the West Side, meetings for this week and next are:


  • 9/4/2013
South Side 6:00-7:30 p.m. A Knock at Midnight, 400 W. 76th St.
  • 9/9/2013
North/Northwest 6:00-7:30 p.m. Taft High School, 6530 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
  • 9/10/2013
Far South Side 6:00-7:30 p.m. Kroc Center, 1250 W. 119th St.
  • 9/11/2013
Southwest Side 6:00-7:30 p.m. Gage Park H.S., 5630 S. Rockwell St.


The draft EFMP is a requirement of Illinois law (PA 97-0474 as amended by PA 97-1133) and a final version must be submitted and approved by the Board of Education by October 1. The feedback CPS receives from parents and community members will inform the final plan, which must be released to the City of Chicago, Cook County, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Transit Authority, attendance centers and charter schools. The plan will also be shared with the Mayor and each of Chicago's 50 aldermen, as well as any state senators and representatives who have a district in Chicago.


Once the final report is approved by the Board of Education, CPS will thereafter prepare a 10-year educational facility master plan every 5 years, with updates 2 ½ years after the approval of the initial 10-year plan.


Those interested in viewing the draft EMFP and submitting public comment are encouraged to visit: /About_CPS/Policies_and_guidelines/Pages/facilitystandards.aspx.



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