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Good morning! We are at the #cpsboard meeting this morning tweeting from the overflow room. The meeting starts at 10:30 but this room had every seat taken (mostly by charter folks including students) since about 10:10am. We will start a thread...
We were at the #cpsboard Finance & Audit Committee Meeting earlier. A thread of live tweets from that is here:
Please note that the #cpsboard meeting is now live streamed on their YouTube channel.
#cpsboard @revuluri welcomes those of us in the overflow room. Thanks everyone for coming. Encourages speakers to email their statements to board members but acknowledges emails are hard to find. Also encourages using Board Office Hours
@revuluri We're underway so tune in now to the live stream if that's your jam. We are hearing "Safety Points & Notes." Pres del Valle welcoming us & kicking #cpsboard meeting off.
@revuluri Pres del Valle speaking about the amended Welcoming City ordinance.CPS will not share student records w/ ICE unless court order or parent permission. Encouraging parents to participate in LSC elections and Census 2020. Wants to emphasize this and will continue to repeat #cpsboard
CEdO McDade kicks off Honoring Excellence. @wyhs women’s water polo. #cpsuccess
National Blue Ribbon award winner Prescott ES @PrescottCPS recognized during Honoring Excellence #cpsuccess
@PrescottCPS Prescott ppal gives shout out to several nhood ESs that he feels will be future Blue Ribbon winners and stresses that we all need to work together. Mentions that principals need help and want to be part of the solution for such CPS issues as Aspen, case managers, etc.
@PrescottCPS CEdO McDade gives shout out to school building engineers & maintenance workers who keep schools warm and clear of snow, ice. Encourages parents to make sure contact info is up to date w/ schl for possible comm on weather events this winter. City has warming centers
@PrescottCPS CEO Jackson speaks abt the importance of CPS & Chi families to participate in Census 2020. Also points to Office of LSC Relations & their table in the lobby. Encourages parents & comm members to run for LSC. Here are the 2020 LSC Election materials: cps.edu/lscrelations/P…
@PrescottCPS #cpsboard member Revuluri speaking about the importance of LSC participation. Unfortunately, lost signal in overflow room. Consider participating in LSC Elections. Encourage your family participate. He welcomes feedback on the election process or LSCs as a whole.
@PrescottCPS Pres del Valle speaking about committees #cpsboard has implemented and those they are participating in. They really have added committees and engagement access has increased. WHOLE CHILD COMMITTEE meets for the 1st time Monday. Topic is #SQRP. docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAI…
@PrescottCPS #cpsboard Todd-Breland: 100+ people came out to Crane HS for the 1st Workforce Development & Equity Committee Meeting. "Building a racially rep teaching force is a core belief of our communities, this board, & CPS." All materials from mtg are (OMG) here: cpsboe.org/news/article/1…
@PrescottCPS Todd-Breland also says RETENTION came out loud & clear and they'll be working on that as well.
@PrescottCPS #cpsboard Melendez reports on Early Childhood Ed Committee meeting. Very informative. Transparency. People were candid w/ thoughts & opinions. Thankful to participants. Encourages you to get involved. That meeting's materials will be posted soon on cpsboe.org
@PrescottCPS #cpsboard Rome says Whole Child Committee meeting is Mon, Jan 27. Focus is #SQRP. 2 key objectives: feedback on comm engagement plan for SQRP 3.0; actual engagement w/ SQRP policy. "Planning for real dialogue on SQRP." This reg link is on CPS BOE website. docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAI…
@PrescottCPS #cpsboard Revuluri now speaking about Finance & Audit Committee. He believes with more financial transparency, the public will have a better understanding & better engagement with financial/budget matters. Encourages participation in the upcoming School Funding Community Mtgs
Here are all the meetings again. They read them aloud & they were on each of our chairs. Kudos for this. #cpsboard thanking BOE staff, Jackson, McDade, other central office staff for coordination of all meetings.
Public participation is about to start. Again, this is live streamed on the @ChiPubSchools YouTube channel. CPS, can you tweet a link so we can share? Thanks.
@ChiPubSchools CTU Moreno speaking about the veteran pay issue with the new contract. "Adding $25M to steps shows respect to our veteran teachers who are mainly women." City/CPS wants to give bonuses instead. Let's work on this."Let's not get bogged down so soon after new bargaining agreement."
@ChiPubSchools On the agenda for approval today at #cpsboard news.wttw.com/2020/01/22/cps…
@ChiPubSchools .@aicchicago ED says she's not happy to be here today. You said you were going to make a change. You have an Equity Chief. Commit to a truthful history. Getting push back on Indigenous People's Day.
Todd-Breland thanks AIC for their work.
@ChiPubSchools @aicchicago Ald Mitts is here at #cpsboard to support Moving Everest Charter School. It was noted verbally by the board secretary.
@ChiPubSchools @aicchicago Speaking of LSC Elections... the #LSC4All coalition is hosting #LSCSummit2020 this Saturday, 10am-2pm. Join us! @LB_HopeCenter @KOCOmmunity @PilsenAlliance @BlocksTogether1 @cueChicago @northsideaction @CTULocal1 & RYH Register here: eventbrite.com/e/lsc-summit-t…
@ChiPubSchools @aicchicago @LB_HopeCenter @KOCOmmunity @PilsenAlliance @BlocksTogether1 @cueChicago @northsideaction @CTULocal1 .@FaheyHughes is up next at #cpsboard. She'll be speaking about CPS sped, of course. Will publish her statement ASAP
.@DeMilitarizeCPS: CPS has the largest JROTC program in USA. CPS is the largest trainer of the military, and violence. CPS spends $17M a year teaching youth one side of military. Take 1% of that & teach critical thinking about military.
Goethe ES parents advocating for an new, permanent annex & facility improvements and investments. Handed in packet of timeline of issues & their advocacy + various promises that have been made to them. #cpsboard
COO Rivera: Long term solution is for Goethe ES to get a new, permanent annex but resources. Short term is "stabilize" building as "bridge" for long term solution. #cpsboard del Valle confirms discussion will continue on this.
Public participation ends. Pres del Valle thanks all participants. #cpsboard member Truss encourages students to continue their advocacy, no matter where they attend school. (A refreshing change from former Rahm appointed Pres Frank Clark...) 20 min recess then business portion
We’re back from recess. Hearing about charter renewals. #cpsboard There are a bunch.
One more charter renewal slide #cpsboard
#cpsboard Melendez asking questions. Academics & financials- on equal footing or is one more important than another? Answer is nuanced... it’s all critical, Ed is purpose but viability crucial
Melendez asks how are “with conditions” monitored? #cpsboard A: Segmented diff ways: there are pre conditions before renewal. Conditions to meet during charter length of time. Reviewing schls closely. Renewal term doesn’t take away ability for CPS to close
#cpsboard member Melendez says, "I do not want CPS to be a punitive institution."
Todd-Breland now asking questions. Plans moving forward re: making more charter school info publicly available? A: Working on this. SQRP posted, contracts posted, audit for ISBE needs to be posted in same place. "Single score card; able to find easily; public web page"
Todd-Breland bringing up charter school discipline data & making that public.Points to K-2 suspension.CPS says they spoke to 4 schools re: their data on K-2 suspensions. These schools agreed to adopt CPS SCC guidelines on this, replacing their own charter's discipline code
Truss concerned that charter schools w/ harsh discipline policies for K-2 can be renewed "with conditions." Families should get all the supports they need. Schools should be restorative. Kids can be and do so much.
Melendez commenting; Revuluri asking questions. We've ever seen this much public discussion on charter schools at #cpsboard before. Revuluri asks if charters or contracts have LSCs? No. CPS says I think there have been efforts made in Springfield to change this (Yes, true.)
Sounds like CPS is *trying* to require parents be on charter school boards? (Good luck. I sat on a NAC a few years ago & I imagine HUGE resistance. ~JB)
CPS lawyer says contract schools have ALSCs (appointed LSCs.) Ummmm, contract schools do NOT have LSCs nor do charters. You can check us by using the CPS 2018 LSC Election map tool. Search "Chi Arts" or Chicago High School for the Arts. It's not there. cps.edu/ScriptLibrary/…
Also if you search "Local School Council" on Chicago HS for the Arts website you get "Nothing found."
"Parent feedback mechanisms"- yep. [All over CPS, really.] Follow @theworcesterest for discussion re: charter schools at the #cpsboard. CPS saying they are getting feedback on getting charter parents authentically engaged & part of decision making

@theworcesterest del Valle asks about special education and English language learners in charters, especially with respect to renewals "with conditions." [We're at about the 1 hour mark on these charter school renewals.]
@theworcesterest That was it for CEO Report- charter renewals. Done. Now moving on to voting items. #cpsboard
@theworcesterest All of those charter renewals plus the $1 leases for a few charter schools in CPS buildings are approved. Closed/Executive session now. Thanks for tuning in!
@theworcesterest Here's video of RYH's Parent Liaison for Special Education, @FaheyHughes, addressing the #cpsboard today. She spoke on behalf of the ~3500 students who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices in CPS these students are underserved.
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