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Re: “School closings: The latest blow to neighborhoods already reeling from disinvestment

The problem is that CPS schools are by and large, NOT half empty. I repeat -- go find a half empty CPS school, I challenge you.

CPS has been disseminating a false narrative about the utilization in schools. Raise Your Hand and the Apples to Apples data project has found that:

1) CPS lost about 30,000 students (not 145,000) in the last decade. Meanwhile, they opened 55,000 charter school seats.

2) Their formula for school utilization is flawed. It allows for a classroom to have up to 36 children in it, and still be deemed "efficient." The formula vastly underplays overcrowding and inflates rates of underutilization. As well, the formula does not accurately take into account schools that have lower class sizes for special education students, English language learners, or simply deck their resources to keep class sizes small (and by "small" I mean 24 children in a classroom).

Not surprisingly there a proposal underfoot from ISBE to repeal class size limits for special education students. Shameful.

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Posted by somos americos on 03/01/2013 at 12:54 PM

Re: “What's the matter with Chicago?

Orion says "Since the TIF thing is about over" - what is over about the TIFs? Mariano's just got $7M to build a grocery store in blighted Greektown.

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Posted by somos americos on 03/07/2012 at 8:38 PM

Re: “A Raise by Any Other Name

CPS has a public web site that lists most contact info for its employees:

Diana Ferguson
dsferguson@cps.k12.il.us
Phone: (773) 553-2590
Cellular: (773) 255-8894

Alicia Winckler
awinckler@cps.k12.il.us
Phone: (773) 553-1070

Visit it here: http://www.csc.cps.k12.il.us/ombuds/

Posted by jwo on 04/20/2010 at 5:35 AM

Re: “Do as We Say, Not as We Do

Kudos to Ben and the Reader for this reporting. Shame on all the other media outlets for ignoring. Having two cars per month is peanuts compared this appalling re-routing of resources from students and respect to teachers.

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Posted by jwo on 04/01/2010 at 12:50 PM

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