2017-2018 FINAL Guidelines for School Actions
Every year, CPS develops The CEO's Guidelines for School Actions (Guidelines). The Guidelines set out the rules the District must follow in order to propose any school actions (e.g. Co-location, Reassignment Boundary Change, Consolidation). School actions must be announced by December 1st. The DRAFT Guidelines must be posted on or before October 1st and CPS will collect feedback for 21 days. After reviewing the feedback and consulting with principals, teachers, and community members, CPS may release an updated version of the DRAFT Guidelines. If CPS does release an updated version of the DRAFT Guidelines, the new version will also be subject to a 21-day feedback period. After observing the 21-day feedback period the District will release a FINAL version of the Guidelines. The FINAL Guidelines can be found below:
List of Independent Hearing Officers
Before the Board of Education votes on any proposed school actions, 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 , the state law that governs school action processes, to CPS CEO Forrest Claypool. A list of independent hearing officers is posted below.
Independent Hearing Officers
School Actions Information
School actions refer to school closures, consolidations, co-locations, and re-assignment boundary changes. The CEO may propose a school action that is consistent with the CEO’s Guidelines on School Actions (Guidelines). Prior to the Board of Education of the City of Chicago (Board) voting on any proposed school actions, two community meetings and one public hearing must be conducted. Subsequent to the hearings, a Board-appointed Hearing Officer will submit a report to the CEO and the Board. The Board will then use the report(s) to inform their decision regarding school actions.
After careful consideration, the CEO is recommending that the Board consider and approve the following school actions for school year 2017-18. Please find more information about the proposals below. If you have comments or feedback about any of the proposed school actions, we invite you to share your thoughts at the scheduled community meetings or public hearings. If you cannot attend those events please submit feedback at Transitions@CPS.edu.
Community Submitted School Proposals
Chicago Public Schools is committed to evaluating proposals submitted by community members. Information regarding community meetings that the district is evaluating will be posted here. Information and proposals found here are NOT in reference to existing school actions. The district evaluates community submitted proposals PRIOR to announcing school actions.
As part of the planning process for implementing school actions, CPS has formed Community Leadership Steering Committees. These community driven groups help inform key decisions such as transition planning, individualized student supports and school culture building. The steering committee’s work will occur in addition to public meetings and briefings that will continue to be held throughout the school transition process.
This steering committee, which will meet monthly with CPS officials, is one aspect of a broader effort to proactively collect input from their respective communities and provide transparency into CPS decision making. In addition to making recommendations for CPS leadership, steering committee members are responsible for collecting community feedback and serve as a key liaison to the community at large. As such, steering committees were formed with input from the community and provide representation from all groups impacted by a given proposal.
After each meeting, presentations and a meeting summary will be posted to this web page. CPS currently has two active steering committees - Englewood and Near South. Below you will find presentations and meeting summaries from all meetings held to date.