Cps schools that will be consolidating
“It gets us out of so many people just focusing on their one school,” Daley said of his plan.“If a neighborhood school council focuses on that neighborhood …“The idea is that all communities have resources to put behind their local schools, and that the way to have strong local schools is to have input from the school community, because they are the people most invested in the school, that most understand the unique situation of their school,” said Elaine Allensworth, director of the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, which has monitored the school councils since their creation under state law in 1988.Under Daley’s proposal, not all schools would be guaranteed representation on the neighborhood councils.Under Duncan’s leadership, the city closed several schools, ushering in an era of closures that has drawn sustained criticism for destabilizing communities and ignoring their input.Daley would also replace individual schools’ enrollment boundaries with “neighborhood zones.” Students would get priority in admissions to all district and charter schools in their zone. Daley became mayor, nearly 17,000 people ran in the first elections for the councils, enough to fill them more than three times over, and hundreds of thousands of Chicago voters cast ballots.But Daley said he isn’t worried about the possibility that some schools would benefit from advocacy and others would not.
CPS' Pupil Transportation Branch is responsible for recommending bus stops to the Cincinnati Board of Education.Here, Daley adviser Peter Cunningham displays a map outlining the proposed neighborhood zones. In contrast, more than half of schools did not have enough candidates to fill their councils last year.But the proposal would also undercut a main goal of the councils: to give parents a seat at the table for major decisions about their children’s school.“But I think the people who will run for this will not be that narrow focused.I don’t think we should assume that would be the motivation of the people who go through the trouble to do this.” Daley isn’t the first mayoral candidate this year to address the school councils in campaign promises, but his proposal would be the most far-reaching.