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Computer virus is finally gone. Thanks to the reader for the suggestion – that did the trick but I still had to have someone come look at it to fix my email.
So….the big news among CPS parents and potential parents is the end of the consent decree, which means the end of using race to assign spots in magnet, gifted, and classical programs. For decades, CPS has balanced these classes by race (Caucasian vs Non-Caucasian) to ensure that minority students (who are actually in the majority in CPS) get spots in the desirable schools/programs.
One could argue for hours (or years) about the social implications of this decision but for now what it comes down to is: “What does it mean for my kid.”
The problem seems to be that despite knowing that this change was possibly coming down the pike, CPS seems to have no idea WHAT criteria, if any, will be used to balance the classes.
And this is resulting in chaos out on the front lines. From what I’ve been reading on the NPN message boards, the schools themselves don’t know whether parents should fill in the race bubble on the application form. In typical CPS bureacracy, the exact policy (if it exists) hasn’t been communicated to the school offices, nor to parents. I’m thinking that if I fill something out this year (I probably will not, but then again that’s what I thought last year) I will fill in the race bubble just in case.
The scary thing for the parents with kids entering K next year (or trying for a spot in a higher grade) is that it is a total unknown. In the past you kind of had an idea of where you stood in terms of odds. Now it’s anybody’s guess. And THAT is torture for an obsessed parent.
What the new policy will be, when it will be communicated, and HOW it’ll be communicated is all up in the air. This oughta be interesting…..
Entry filed under: Applying to schools.