Feedback on the 2013-2014 Guidelines for School Actions 

Welcome to Chicago Public Schools 2013-14 Draft Guidelines Information page

Every year, CPS creates The CEO’s Guidelines for School Actions (Guidelines).  Any school action (Closure, Consolidation, Phase Out, Reassignment Boundary Change) that the CEO proposes must meet the criteria set out in the Guidelines.  Actions must be announced by December 1st, 2013. CPS released DRAFT Guidelines on September 30th and collected feedback until October 21st. Those guidelines can be found below:


PDF icon. Read the DRAFT 2013-14 CPS School Action Guidelines


CPS revised the guidelines based on public input. The REVISED DRAFT Guidelines can be found here:


PDF icon. Read the REVISED DRAFT 2013-14 CPS School Action Guidelines


CPS reviewed feedback from the web survey below and received numerous emails including comments from LAF et al. and the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force (CEFTF). We have posted the web survey results and a response to all the feedback we received:


Excel icon. Web Survey Results


PDF icon. CPS Response to Feedback


Before CPS may close, consolidate, reassign students via a boundary change, phase-out or co-locate a school, the public has the opportunity to provide comment at hearings conducted by independent hearing officers, who are licensed attorneys in Illinois. After the hearings, hearing officers will issue a written summary of the testimony provided as well as their findings of CPS' compliance with 105 ILCS 5/34-230 Opens in a new window icon., the state law that governs school action processes, to CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.


PDF icon. List of Independent Hearing Officers



The process for developing guidelines in 2013 is as follows:


Before October 1st

CPS develops a DRAFT version of the Guidelines.

September 30:

CPS publicly releases the DRAFT Guidelines.

October 1st - 21st:

CPS collects public feedback about the DRAFT Guidelines.

October 22nd - 31st*:

CPS evaluates the submitted feedback and releases a new DRAFT of the guidelines if necessary.  If no changes are made, CPS will release the FINAL Guidelines.

October 31st:

CPS releases the list of independent hearing officers.

November 5th:

If a new version of the DRAFT Guidelines is released, CPS will collect public feedback about the new DRAFT Guidelines during this period.

November 26th:

CPS releases revised and FINAL Guidelines informed by public feedback.

Before December 1st:

CPS announces school actions.



How can you deliver feedback to CPS regarding the 2013-14 Draft Guidelines?


  • Mail:  Mail or deliver feedback to:

    Attn: CEO's Office
    ℅ Patrick Payne re: 2013-14 Draft Guidelines
    125 S. Clark St.
    10th Floor - Adams Side
    Chicago, IL 60603

  • Web Survey: Please complete the web survey located here:
  • Email: You can email any statements or exhibits to
  • Tele-townhall: As in years past, CPS will be reaching out through a Tele-town hall to answer your questions and provide a clear understanding of the Guidelines process.



Page Last Modified on Friday, August 08, 2014