Eek. The budgets.
So schools should be or are starting to hear about their budgets for 2010/2011. It seems like some schools are reporting few significant cuts while others seem to be harder hit.
Pre-School-For all appears to be saved at all schools (?) which seems a bit weird to me. If CPS truly believe in the Tier system as an accurate judge of socio-economic level, why would any Tier 4 (or even Tier 3)-heavy school get free preK? Maybe I’m just bitter because I shelled out $8K-freakin’-dollars for pre-school. 🙂
The most likely cut will be that schools will get funding for fewer teachers. Although CPS has been publicizing the 35 per class number, the trouble is that things don’t always fall nicely into grades like that, meaning that staffing is going to be a nightmare.
Consider a typical neighborhood school that is running at almost full capacity. They get a good number of local kids and pull in some out-of-district kids to make their class sizes line up. So maybe they have 2 classes of about 28 kids in each grade (this isn’t necessarily common since many schools are more sparse in they upper grades, doing split grade classes.) They get 1 teacher per class and it all works out. For 8 grades, they get 16 teachers. So they have 464 kids (28 in 1-4, 30 in 5-8.) If the new formula gives them 1 teacher per 35 kids, they now get 13.26 teachers. 13? So how on earth do they shift those kids?! They need to make 16 classes into 13 classes. It just screws things up. Do they take in extra kids to fill the classes? It’s not even that easy since CPS bases your teacher assignment on last year’s enrollment and THEIR projection’s (not the schools own projections.) A school would need to get all the new kids actively enrolled before getting any new positions.
I suppose it COULD be a chance for people who say they’re in crappy neighborhoods to get into some of the “good” neighborhood schools, but who knows if it’ll work that way.
This should be interesting, people. Post any news from your school here.
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