Kindergarten – Half vs Full Day at our school
Just so people can see what’s going on in the world of CPS, the school my son attends is offering half-day Kindergarten for free and asking parents to pay for full day. There are 2 neighborhood classes and one gifted class and the half day is offered as an all-or-nothing deal, which I think makes sense. Yes, I know that CPS *may* be paying for full day K for the gifted program (and who really knows for sure?) But I think it’s only fair to make it equal. Both programs bring resources to the school that benefit each other.
Unfortunately, the timeframe in which to raise the money for full day was reallly short. In the past, CPS would sometimes let the parents pledge the money and they could raise it by the Fall. If they didn’t get it, CPS would take the position away. But in the current economy, it appears that CPS wants that cold cash in hand. Now. You want full day Kindergarten, you pay now people!
Our school needed to raise $125K within a few weeks. By June 15th. As of now, they still need $45K. I ain’t lookin pretty. I don’t know if some people are holding out to see if the money is really needed? If they can get away without paying? If 45 families will be willing to put in an extra $1000 each to make it happen?
Obviously the difficulty is that now everyone can or will or wants to pay, so the bill can end up being pretty high. This also makes it weird for letting in people from outside the neighborhood. You can’t REQUIRE them to pay, but who wants to let in outside freeloaders? (Eek, I sound like the state of Arizona — but it seems to make sense here!) I’m thinking 3 classes would be about 80 kids so if everyone paid, that would be about $1600 per family. I think they asked for $2000 per family, which means that only about half the families have paid. Or some paid less.
Such a weird situation. I’m curious to see what happens.
UPDATE: They’ve done it! Hit the deadline just $2K short of the required. Hopefully some out-of-district family can buy their way in and make up the difference (just kidding.) But the school has approved full day K. That was an impressive effort. That will need to be repeated again next year. Sigh.
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