Wednesday, June 12, 2013
The Chicago Public Schools just issued an action plan for dealing with the district's academic and fiscal problems. The plan is centered on five "pillars":
Pillar 1: High Standards, Rigorous Curriculum and Powerful Instruction
Pillar 2: Systems of Support that Meet Student Needs
Pillar 3: Engaged and Empowered Families and Community
Pillar 4: Committed and Effective Teachers, Leaders and Staff
Pillar 5: Sound Fiscal, Operational and Accountability Systems
The plan has already drawn criticism as being short on specifics and long on puffery. Others defend the plan as building trust with stakeholders and as being consistent with district CEO's prior commitment to not close any more schools for five years and to rebuild and strenghten the ones they have during that period. Decide for yourself who is correct, but the challenges are clear: a billion dollar shortfall, quality of education, graduation and discipline rates, and competitive pressures from the outside. The Chicago Sun Times has more on the story here.