A loyal reader suggested that I write something about the cuts that are happening at different schools and how each school seems to be affected differently. CPS typically has a method behind their madness, so I can’t figure out why some schools seem to be facing fewer cuts than others. Overall, the basic rules should apply:
Schools get money based on the number of kids
They get more money for lower income kids (roughly $700 per kid per year)
Magnet cluster schools get a position funded from a different pot that gives them at least 1 teacher in their subject matter (so a fine arts magnet cluster school gets a “free” art, music, or drama teacher (or 2.)
You need a certain number of kids to “earn” positions like a librarian, gym teacher etc.
I don’t think I’ve heard of any schools that claim to NOT be affected. The principal where I’m on the LSC says the schools is “blessed” to not have to cut many positions (yes, the great Lord intervened into CPS matters!) But what I can’t tell is whether the cuts that the principals are making reflect some behind-the-scenes decisions they’re making (ex: they have been wanting to can the music teacher all along, so now there’s a good excuse.) Or if the decisions are made more centrally. It seems like the budgets aren’t final, but some of these special teachers have already been told that they’re being eliminated. Or perhaps they’re being told that if the money is found (somewhere, magically) that their positions will be reinstated.
All I know is that being in limbo is a crappy place for a principal and certain teachers to be hanging out.
If anyone has any insight, questions, or suspicions about how the cuts are being doled out, please share!
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