CPS Introduces Per-Pupil Budgeting

12 Mar

ImageIn a move that should be great news for Juan Rangel, who has until now had to get by on a $260,000 salary to run the UNO Charter Network, CPS announced today that it was moving to a per pupil spending formula and giving the same amount of money to charter schools as it does to public schools.  With charter schools paying their teachers less, having greater access to private donors, and often getting $1 rent on schools, this should only exacerbate the difference between public schools where kids play on asphalt and charter schools where they can play on brand new mufti-million dollar soccer fields. 

This move will also make principals much less likely to hire older teachers who already face a difficult time getting hired in the system.  Principals can hire 3 first year teachers for the cost or 2 veterans.  This is obviously a move toward vouchers and further deskilling of our profession.  Somehow it doesn’t surprise me much.

CPS Adopts per-Pupil Budgets, Equal Charter Funding

“CPS officials hailed the move as a way to give principals more power over their budgets and emphasized that the switch is not being done to save money. In the past, officials curtailed plans to adopt the practice because they were concerned about how it would work in a time of shrinking budgets.”

Anti-Charter Protesters march to Alderman Moore’s Front Lawn

“The protesters, spanning blocks on their march to Moore’s home, crowded his front porch and chanted, “Beat back the charter attack” and “Save our schools.”

After planting the yellow flags, the protesters marched back to where it all began, the fieldhouse gym.

Organizers with activist group Northside POWER said 572 people signed in before the rally at tables in the fieldhouse lobby.”

Black School Districts in Philadelphia Rocked by 23 School Closings

 “The board claimed the schools were “underperforming,” and that they needed to close the schools in order to balance the budget. But critics of this decision say that even schools that aren’t performing well are community refuges and provide important services to the community.”
 
 
“The first reason to scoff at this mythology should be obvious: It simply strains credulity to insist that pedagogues who get paid middling wages but nonetheless devote their lives to educating kids care less about those kids than do the Wall Street hedge funders and billionaire CEOs who finance the so-called reform movement. Indeed, to state that pervasive assumption out loud is to reveal how utterly idiotic it really is, and yet it is baked into almost all of today’s coverage of education politics.”
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6 Responses to “CPS Introduces Per-Pupil Budgeting”

  1. Vonnise Cobb March 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    I am in favor of any thing or any actions that will futher the cause for school vouchers. Let the public schools keep up or get closed down!!

    • cps299 March 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

      The problem is they’re not having trouble keeping up. Despite a very unlevel playing field, they’re miles ahead. Neighborhood schools outperform charter schools and sadly Catholic grammar schools are haven’t a harder and harder time finding qualified people who will put in the hours teaching requires for the kind of money they’re willing to pay.

      • Vonnise Cobb March 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

        I don’t believe your reply to my post. The public schools in my state suck. The kids are graduating without being able to read, write, or do basic math. What I see with my own eyes, and hear with my own ears bely your reply.

      • cps299 March 12, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

        The best study of charter school success was the CREDO study out of Stanford. It found that 17% of charters outperformed neighborhood public schools, 50% scored about the same as neighborhood public schools, and 33% did worse than neighborhood public schools. This is despite the effort of charter schools to cherry pick the top students and council out the low ones. In Chicago a good comparison was this one http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/chicagos-unionized-public-schools-outperform-charter-schools/Content?oid=7559748

      • Vonnise Cobb March 12, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

        And studies say The UnAffordable Health Care Act is the best thing for America since sliced bread. I don’t believe those either. There is always a study that will back up anything the special interest groups want to push on us.

      • cps299 March 12, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

        Right, repeatable data, the constant scandals involving Rahm’s campaign manager and other politically connected charter operators aren’t nearly as compelling as your gut instinct and maybe a student or two you met.

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