What is CPS Covering Up?

8 Jan


I’m going to begin this blog with an apology.   I am a working CPS teacher.  That means that if news breaks during the day, I’m not going to be able to really comment on it until I come home from school later in the day.   There was a lot of stuff that I learned after last night’s disastrous Notre Dame game that I would have loved to post on the blog.

The Inspector General Report is great.  Not only does part of it read like an episode of The World’s Dumbest Criminals, but the other part calls out the hypocrisy of granting politically connected board employees waivers to live outside the district and then coming after the working stiffs.

There is a video of Karen Lewis making it’s way around and because it came from far right wing sources, I was going to ignore it the same way one would ignore the Westboro Baptist Church in a serious discussion on religion.  However, because her quote has been truncated, I did want to post it in its entirety.   Her quote is only offensive to people who don’t know labor history.  I suppose if you don’t know how factory owners killed strikers and “agitators” then you might be angered, but it seems like much sound and fury signifying nothing.  Am I wrong?

What is CPS covering up?  According to Substance they’re covering up a lot.   Whatever happened to Rahm Emanuel’s pledge of transparency?

Finally, it looks like the fine parents at Raise Your Hand Coalition got a response from BBB to their earlier letter.

Response from CEO Byrd-Bennett to Our 1/3/12 Letter on Space Utilization

“Attached is the response we received from CEO Byrd-Bennett on the letter we sent 1/3/12 regarding space utilization, and their process around school closings this year. As you’ll see, it looks like they are sticking by their formula of allowing 36 kids per homeroom to calculate utilization. We hope to meet with CEO Byrd-Bennett soon to further discuss.”

Chicago Public Schools Faulted on Learning Disabilities

“In a complaint filed on Monday with the Illinois State Board of Education, a nonprofit advocacy group says that thousands of children are in Rashaan’s position because the Chicago Public Schools have repeatedly failed to evaluate children with disabilities and move them into special education preschool programs.”

Chicago Public School Staffers Canned for Living Outside of District

“Unless the residency waivers to the high-ranking official and social worker are rescinded, the OIG must evaluate whether it can justify investigating allegations of residency violations in the future,” the report said. “Not only do those waivers send the wrong message, but (as it stands now) they have also muddied the question of legal enforceability of the residency requirement in at least some cases.”

Karen Lewis Draws Criticism for “Off with their Heads Joke”

“”The labor leaders of that time, though, were ready to kill. They were. They were just – off with their heads. They were seriously talking about that.”

The comment drew laughs and some scattered applause before Lewis added, “I don’t think we’re at that point. The key is that they think nothing of killing us. They think nothing about putting us in harm’s way. They think nothing about lethal working conditions.”

CAFR Latest CPS Document to be Denied

“This month, January 2013, for the first time in history CPS officials are refusing to public the annual audited financial report (the CAFR, of Comprehensive Annual Financial Report) in January. Traditionally, the CAFR is presented to the members of the Board in December of each year and released to the public in January. The CAFR, which shows the audit of the fiscal year that ended the previous June 30, has always been the most reliable document revealing the actual state of CPS finances (and debunking earlier claims of “deficits” ranging as high as $1 billion.”


4 Responses to “What is CPS Covering Up?”

  1. Xian Barrett January 10, 2013 at 12:10 am #

    Never apologize for being a teacher. I worry some day soon, I will be disallowed again, so I will teach fearlessly and without apology until that day arrives again.

    • cps299 January 10, 2013 at 2:53 am #

      I wouldn’t say I apologized for being a teacher as much as I apologized for less timely updates because I am a teacher.

  2. DZV January 13, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    I find the article about CPS not doing it’s job in placing early childhood students with disabilities in preschool programs funny. CPS cannot even place the students it already has in its system correctly. Not enough special education teachers, not enough paras, not enough resources or services. Special education teachers are flooded with unmanageable case loads. Social workers assigned to 300 kids plus. Speech therapists dealing with the same thing.
    It’s a bunch of bureaucratic red tape that never ends. CPS takes positions away based on projected enrollment. Students come flooding in in September (doubling the projected enrollement) and CPS won’t give those positions back. It takes months of fighting with CPS to get another teacher. Meanwhile our students with disabilities suffer. When Clark Streeet finally agrees to give another teacher, it’s more than mid-way through the year. Then in June, they cut the position again, only to start the same fight over again.

    What would make a parent think that their child, who isn’t in school even school yet, would receive services? They don’t “really” exist in the CPS vortex of funding and “actual” presence.

    • cps299 January 13, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

      I just had the most frustrating IEP meeting this week. The student is 6 years behind level and frustrated. I honestly think we don’t have the right setting for that type of student.

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