Now to keep filling up those slots… (and the usual ranting)
I see people are asking about the next round for gifted/classical/magnet, etc. I guess we’re on 3rd round now? I pretty much think that at this point they kind of stop with the official “rounds” and just keep filling spots as they come open. Typically people might get a call and have a few days to make a decision… then they keep working their way down from there.
Of course CPS funding is still a wildcard here. I’m really curious to see if they’ll suddenly announce that gifted/classical classes can go to 35 (or something higher than 28 for lower grades) and whether they’ll fill these up. Yikes.
I’m still puzzled by what’s happening at the different schools, even within the gifted program alone. I’ve been told that my son is losing French, but have heard other schools will keep it. Was some deal made behind the scenes? Are we keeping something they’re losing? I’m still totally uncertain about the decisions on half day K. It seems to vary a lot. Some principals seem to find money, some don’t. Or maybe it’s a matter of priority. It’s aggravating that within our city there seems to be disparity between the schools.
I know I should be doing more to lead the protest against the ridiculous situation we find ourselves in with funding. I don’t get how Illinois comes off as one of the worst states in terms of education funding. We don’t have low taxes (do we?) so what is the money being spent on?
And finally, a comment on Catholic schools. These are funding in part by the parish (and or deep pockets of the Catholic church,) no? It’s a way to keep themselves in business by “creating new customers.” My boss is sending her son to a great-sounding Catholic school in the suburbs. Sounds amazing (other than the religion part.) $4,500 a year. There is NO WAY that is covering their expenses. No way. I asked her about it and she said that it’s funded by the parish (and they told her that plenty of people complain about the $4,500 tuition.) Cry babies. Someone send them a British School brochure! Seriously though, I wondered once again if I should bail from the city. I have no complaints. None. My son has had 2 fantastic teachers, the school is great, but I keep telling him “you should try out for the musical next year.” And have to follow it with “if there is one.” Our music teacher was cut. I really don’t want it to be the schools that drive me out of the city. Sure the crime, the pigeons, the tourists carrying American Girl dolls. But please, not the schools!
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