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    ...new charter schools until this mess is solved. Mine was one of them. It's a wholly ridiculous situation as the Board of Ed plays these games while the whole city waits for what? Meanwhile they have held up the magnet lottery for elementary schools because everything is a toss up.

    They also say now they have an 'arts education' plan and want art in all the schools by next fall but they can't even use a reality based 'utilization' process that accounts for rooms used in "arts" such as dance room, art room, drama room, etc. If you have a dedicated room for any of this, then your school is under utilized and this is the main reason for closing and/or consolidating schools. How are they going to pay for arts specialists and other content area teachers when they are freaking out about the budget now?

    CPS central office is run by extremely incompetent individuals who say and do contradictory things all the time. They haven't addressed the gang issues related to merging schools or sending kid into the wrong areas. They haven't addressed the issues of children with IEPs and the services needed, etc. They have no plan of what will happen to the empty buildings. [we all know that they just want more charter schools and this is a way of doing away with neighborhood schools] We have recent examples of Philly (I think it's Philly) where empty schools cause all sorts of other probs, etc.

    It's crazy and what will happen is this: people of means will pull their kids and the system will be catering only to low income and disadvantaged children and will sink into the abyss.

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