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At #cpsboard. #SorJuana out in force- rented a bus to save classical program.
Some unusual things happening: 1) Table for Aspen Parent Portal sign up w/ helpers; 2) Table w/ translation equipment; 3) speakers not allowed into board room yet.
In boardroom b/c we have 2 speakers. Lots of open seats here. #cpsboard Looks like lots of Honoring Excellence as well- #cpsuccess!
Pres Clark explaining that the Spanish translation provided today is part of pilot program. They’ve heard feedback that they need to do this. Welcomes feedback. #cpsboard
Was REALLY hoping this #CPSboard would be replaced by today. You know... new mayor & all. Also #ERSBNow!!!
Honorary student #cpsboard member from @SennHS addressing the board. This is her last meeting. #studentvoice And she’s graduating. Heading to @Illinois_Alma on full ride scholarship. Ppal Beck now speaking about their IB program & great students.
New honorary student #cpsboard member introduced & speaking. Joshua (I think) from @Prosser_CA. He is all about youth civic engagement- awesome! #studentvoice
.@GWHS_patriots Modern Rock Band performs at #CPSboard. Wow! Dedicating this to Marcos who couldn’t join them b/c of IB testing. 😂 #cpsuccess
2018-19 student advisory council honored. #cpsboard #cpsuccess #studentvoice Worked on CPS SEL policy practices.
Honoring Pritzker ES counselor, Amanda Szaraz, IL school counselor of the year! #cpsuccess (Sorry no pix- switch to slides instead of video) Congrats! #cpsboard
Honoring @wyhs Academic Decathlon team! WYHS has won National Championship 34 of 35 last competitions. Joe R speaking now (@JoshRadinsky) Speaking about the increase in std tests & using these metrics for high stakes decisions- flawed! #cpsuccess
Great to see Arturo Ballesteros of @boycphs being honored at the #cpsboard. He's going to be a teacher! We also saw him at #ChicagoInaugural where he led the pledge of allegiance. #cpsuccess chicago.suntimes.com/2019/4/28/1861…
.@OgdenIntl Robotics team being honored at #cpsboard. Students speak of all they’ve learned, coach says these kids are great & so are robotics programs, & acting ppal Speaking & thanking coaches. #cpsuccess
Here's why #SorJuanaClassical is here today. They rented a bus and have many parents & kids in the overflow room + 4 speakers. #cpsboard
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McDade finishing up Honoring Excellence by giving a shout out to Earle ES chess team, all the HSs that made the US News & World Report rankings, congrats to Class of 2019, Ingenuity + arts ed. #cpsboard
CEO Report: Jackson calls week historic, congratulates Mayor Lightfoot & she's looking forward to working with her. #cpsboard Some transitions:Jennie Bennett will move to Chi CFO; Liz Kennan,head of ODLSS, Supt of district in MO; Liz Kirby, Supt in OH; Matias head of OLCE to ISBE
Jackson speaking about the $135M curriculum contract to be approved by the unelected, Rahm appointed #cpsboard. We'll be asking them to table this vote & let the new admin's ed team fully vet it & use a Racial Equity Impact Assessment on this contract.
And Jesse Jackson just walked in. #cpsboard
Curriculum Equity Initiative slides. Approving a $135M contract today. #cpsboard
More slides of Curriculum Equity Initiative. $135M contract on agenda today. (Surveyed about 540 teachers & had focus groups.)
Curriculum Equity Initiative slides. $135M contract to be approved today. #cpsboard
Custom Chi Curriculum- 1st slide is wording in RFP. (Our statement asks for evidence of culturally relevant curriculum. Guess it was in RFP but contract on agenda doesn’t specify this & is very Ed techy in description.) #cpsboard
Timeline & cost estimate. #cpsboard
Presentation from OAE on the change to Oscar Mayer ES PreK #cpsboard
Make sure you follow @FaheyHughes- she's catching everything about this meeting via Live Tweet. Thanks, Mary! #cpsboard
Here’s the end of the Mayer ES presentation. OIG reccs, Comm engagement, & proposal. #cpsboard
Pres Clark points out that we are about an hour behind. 1 more presentation then Jesse Jackson (I assume) plus any electeds & union folk in the board room THEN the public gets to speak. Friendly reminder: We can not bring food or drink into the board or overflow rooms. #cpsboard
Pres Clark encourages everyone to use #cpsboard office hours. You can register here: cpsboe.org Next meeting is Wed, June 26.
Hopefully a brand new board???
Here comes Rev Jesse Jackson then Michael Brunson of CTU. #cpsboard
Rev Jackson wishes CEO Jackson a happy birthday. Thx McDade for her presentation. #cpsboard
Rev Jackson: there are things that will complement CPS efforts. Parents should take child to school, meet teacher, exchange phone numbers w/ teacher, turn off TV, and take your child to church. School and families need to work together. Coalitions make us stronger #cpsboard
Brunson speaks about the CTU rally at 5pm today downtown. Also says they are hearing from members that Aspen lacks all the functionality needed to effectively do job. #cpsboard (We're hearing that on the parent end, too, and can speak to that personally.)
Public comment starts (12:33pm) w/ ppal from Rudolph Learning Center. Thanking #cpsboard for new building and a 3 year expansion. Will become PreK - 8 specialty school. @RudolphLC And she's thanking a lot of Central Office folks.
Schurz HS LSC is back re: facilities issues. Some progress, Thanks. One new engineer but still need more janitors. No timeline for promised work so can't plan for summer w/o that. #cpsboard Athletic field is still not finished. About 10 mos behind schedule.
Belding ES mom has listened to students re: improving school facilities. Great ideas!Turns out one idea- filtered water fountains & bottle fillers- was complete. Students did grant BUT fountains sit in closet b/c Aramark refused to install them. (this was a while ago) #cpsboard
This mom posted in our FB group & found that at least 26 CPS ES and HS have these fountains that Belding has had in a closet & that Aramark won't install. Thanks for the shout out & for parents sharing that info with each other. #cpsboard
Natasha Carlsen, sped teacher w/ a whole crew of teachers & clinicians: demanding that #cpsboard uphold the law for CPS sped students. No more deny or denial b/c of your policies & practices designed to save $. #cpsboard
#cpsboard Crew of CPS special ed teachers, clinicians, PSRPs & parents speaking out for students w/ special needs.
Blaine ES parents speaking about students w/ trauma but only 1 counselor (who asks as sped case manager) and a social worker only 1.5 days a week. Math (1:250 SW ratio) says Blaine should have 4 - 5 social workers #cpsboard
Schl social worker: help me help my students by giving me a private space to hear from & listen to students who need a private space. #cpsboard Needs many supports to do her job for students & families.
Case manager who serves 90 students & teaches. Submits her schedule #cpsboard Where do i find the time to meet my case load when I am teaching full time?
Certified school nurse: Tired. Used to think it was my time management but it’s not me. It’s CPS. She Serves 4 HSs: 4520 gen ed students. 249 students w/ disabilities in caseload. We need a nurse in every school & manageable loads. Yes. #cpsboard
CPS Mom, mom of child w/ special needs: Why is legal department sidestepping the law? Her group says 5 CPS lawyers are under investigation. #cpsboard
Ogden mom former Jenner mom says she supported Ogden-Jenner merger but does not now. Says Jenner kids are left out of activities. She says she was wrongly removed from Ogden LSC. Says the merger has failed & assistance is needed, especially for former Jenner families. #cpsboard
Ogden dad says his son's data was breached and shared with LSC members and Chip Johnson (head of FACE2). Wants an investigation to see if there are other data breeches, names people who need to be investigated as well as FOIA office. #cpsboard
CPS mom says a few years ago a closet was used as a classroom for sped & that was changed via parent pressure. This storage space is being used now as a sped classroom again- but half storage & half for 12 kids. #cpsboard
Ogden mom asks to be directed to the Conflict & Resolution Department. #cpsboard Kids have IEPs, not being served. Lots of issues. Asking for help for Ogden and Jenner.
Sabin ES here about a need to replace their broken playground. #cpsboard Last summer received letter for new playground FY19 (Spring ground breaking). No playground yet. Now saying maybe Oct? 1300+ sigs on a petition.
Sabin ES mom: no transparency on capital improvement decisions. Situation at Sabin ES is an example of institutional racism. (Board room claps.) #cpsboard
Students forced into cluster b/c they can’t get services in classroom of 30+. This is not ok. We’re filing a fed complaint- Sped teacher #cpsboard
Another sped teacher speaks about cluster programs. Teachers need training & spaces need to be supported and safe for children & teachers. More BCBAs needed as well as teachers. #cpsboard
PSRP: we are understaffed. We need to be focused on our students. The #cpsboard does not support this- we are used as subs & for other needs. Our kids need us.
(Sorry that my tweets kinda stopped & got choppy. I spoke then got a weird robocall & Aspen notification so had to call one of my schools. I think everything is ok. I will carry on. Sorry for those speakers I missed. #cpsboard)
David, a LSC member from New Field, thanks #cpsboard & CPS for supporting him in the call to eliminate fingerprinting for LSC members. Bill is moving along in the ILGA. He spoke out about this at the beginning of the school year. #cpsboard Also advocating for #ReuniteTheFields
David also thanked us at RYH for our support & advocacy and called our work inspirational. Actually, he really inspired us. #cpsboard #parentvoice
#SorJuanaClassical parents demanding that their Classical program on the SW side be continued & “recognized as promised”. #cpsboard Also thanked them for opening the school in the Fall.
#SorJuana parent says Chi is losing so many families. We stayed in city & took a chance on #SorJuanaClassical. It is excellent. Make ppl believe that every kid can succeed- we need this program on SW side.
#SorJuana is both Classical & STEAM. Ready to partner w/ CPS to build enrollment. Only 1st year, word is spreading. Let’s work together & let Sor Juana ES Live up to its potential. #cpsboard 92 students, 82 parent volunteers.
Pres Clark says it’s impressive to see this outpouring of community. McDade is aware of the situation. #cpsboard #SorJuane
Jungman mom & LSC member: received grant for STEM magnet BUT facilities in disrepair. One classroom closed down b/c of crumbling floor tiles. Ppal in contact w/ CPS but no answers, no timeline. #cpsboard cc: @PilsenAlliance
Group of Pilsen moms here asking for magnet status for Whittier. Wants a vote on status of school, tired of being ignored. #cpsboard Also here with Talcott school which has been supporting them regarding a park for their school.
Pilsen group also asks for more translators for #cpsboard meeting.
.@Tolzmusic, RYH board member: Delay votes in agenda today. Concerns about $55M contract to clout contractor Jacobs Management. RYH has been bringing attn to this clout contractor (& others) since 2015. (@Suntimes investigation from 2014 here: web.archive.org/web/2014111204…)
Public comment over. Pres Clark asking for ques. None. Clark is making announcement: THIS IS THE LAST MEETING OF THIS SITTING BOARD. June will have new #cpsboard. "It's been an honor & at times a pleasure."
Clark announces this is the last meeting of this #cpsboard. New board at June meeting.
CEO Jackson thanks the board and points out various ways they held CPS CO accountable. Also tells Clark to say thanks to his wife who allowed him to give up so much time.
Hines thanks God and thanks Rahm for appointing her. #cpsboard Thanks Clark & says he's been a brilliant Pres
Hines thanks #cpsboard office staff and parents who come out every month. These parents "helped her grow" whether she supported their statements or not. Thanks Jackson & says Jackson lives "children first."
Guzman: The city has benefited from this #cpsboard.
We're going to be rooting for CPS and this management team.
Proud of what they've accomplished.
Garza: Thank you for this opp to serve the children of Chi. It's been an honor. #cpsboard
Clark: Whenever the #cpaboard looks completely prepared and that we know what we are talking about, it's b/c of the #cpsboard staff. Naming names & getting applause.
Clark: "It has really been a joy b/c I am seeing progress." #cpsboard
"Thanks for coming down." Hines makes a motion to move into closed session. Seconded. Approved. #ByeRahmAppointedCPSBoard #ByeRahm
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