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End of the Year – Student Discipline Reports

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December 22, 2011, Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (“VOYCE”) and the Advancement Project requested, under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, Illinois school district discipline data (ie, suspensions, expulsions, arrests, etc.) disaggregated by race, gender, SES, disability, grade level, and etc. The Illinois State Board of Education (“ISBE”) responded December 30, 2011 and again on January 19, 2012 and the annual district end of the year discipline reports are posted on the ISBE website for years 2009 , 2010 , and 2011 .

Chicago’s district summary reports are extracted here for years
2009 , 2010 , and 2011 .

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February 20, 2012 at 11:05 am

Local School Council Advisory Board Meeting Minutes

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Minutes of the Local School Council Advisory Board Meetings held on January 24, 2011, February 28, 2011, March 21, 2011, and April 26, 2011 are available here.

On May 25, 2011, the Chicago Board of Education approved the membership of this advisory board for a two-year term of office that begins July 1, 2011 and ends June 30, 2013.

For the list of advisory board members, see Board report #11-0525-RS17, May 25, 2011, available here.

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June 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm

CPS June 2011 Expenditure Report Summary

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The fiscal year 2011 Chicago Public Schools (“CPS”) $6.5 billion budget includes an operating budget portion of about $5.28 billion.  The reports posted below represent aggregate summaries of fiscal year 2011 CPS operating budget expenditure report data that was provided by the Chicago Public Schools on June 8, 2011. Capital and other funds (i.e., fund numbers greater than 369) are not included.

The expenditure data are summarized in the spreadsheets five ways: by fund, by grant, by account, by program, and by unit (CPS cost center).  Definitions for the funds, grants, accounts, programs, and units used in the expenditure reports (also known as “budget inquiry reports”) can be found in Chapter 4 (page 10) of the CPS Local School Council Reference Guide 2010-2012.  The LSC guide also includes the definitions for the following expenditure report columns: original budget, current budget, commitments, obligations, expenditures, and funds available (See also the glossary of the CPS FY2011 budget book, pages 413-423).

The amounts in the “Funds Available” column provide some measure of the amount of unencumbered money CPS has near the close of the current school and fiscal year.  Some examples:

The fund summary shows that at the beginning of this month, CPS schools had an aggregate total of

  • $58,142,888 in unspent Supplemental General State Aid (Fund #225).
  • $13,610,005.48  in unspent Federal Title 1 – 2009 Stimulus (ARRA) (Fund #331)
  • $39,353,510.64 negative balance in the Workers’ & Unemployment Compensation/Tort Fund (#210).

From the accounts view-

  • Of the $83.8 million allocated for textbooks (Account #53305), $31.2 million remains in funds available.
  • $43 million is unspent under Professional & Technical Services (#54125)
  • There are negative balances in Unemployment Compensation (-$23.8M) and Workers’ Compensation (-$19M) accounts (#57505 and #57605, respectively).

From the grants view-

  • New and Expansion School Funding (Grant#005058) moves toward the end of the fiscal year with $11.6 million in funds available out of a current budget of $13.3 million.
  • Title 1 NCLB Mandated Parent Involvement ARRA (Grant #430103) retains $957,811.56 of $1,499,307.31 (or 63.9%) in available balances.
  • NCLB After School Program ARRA (#430104) retains $1,753,080.32 of $7,142,165.50 (24.5%)
  • NCLB Culture of Calm ARRA (#430105) still has $3,578,169.97 of $41,400,064.00 (8.6%)
  • Title 1 NCLB Mandated Parent Involvement (#430115) has available $1,753,847.67 of $2,991,704.73 (58.6%)

The program view shows that almost $33 million in Supplemental General State Aid (“SGSA”) carryover from FY2010 was not allocated and remains in program 119021-SGSA Prior Year Allocation.

Fiscal year 2011 expenditure report summary files .xls and .pdf

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June 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Title I, Part A, Parent Involvement Advisory Board

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The Chicago Board of Education/Chicago Public Schools Citywide NCLB Title 1 Parent Involvement Advisory Board (“PIAB”) generally holds meetings at least four times a year. Under the Illinois FOIA, a request was submitted to the Chicago Board of Education for copies of the most recent PIAB meeting minutes. On February 15, 2011, the Chicago Board of Education FOIA officer wrote:

“Please note, on June 30, 2009, the Board of Education approved two PIAB meetings held December 9, 2008, and March 10, 2009. Since that time there has not been a quorum of the PIAB present at any meetings.”

Absent a quorum, the PIAB has been unable to take action on any items, including the approval of minutes, for more than 20 months. The most recent PIAB meeting was held on March 8, 2011. The next regular meeting is scheduled for May 10, 2011.

You can find the Chicago Public Schools NCLB Title I Parent Involvement Policy here.

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April 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm

More Local School Council Advisory Board Meeting Records

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More meeting minutes of the Chicago Board of Education Local School Council Advisory Board (“LSCAB”) obtained under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act:

June 2009 – The Chicago Board of Education (“CBOE”) did not provide the minutes for this meeting.

September 2009

October 2009

November 2009

December 2009

January 2010

February 2010 – The CBOE did not provide the minutes for this meeting.

March 2010 – The CBOE did not provide the minutes for this meeting.

April 2010

May 2010 – The CBOE did not provide the minutes for this meeting.

More recent meeting minutes and information about the LSCAB are available here.

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April 11, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Chicago Multilingual Parents Council

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The 21 member Chicago Multilingual Parent Council is an advisory body created by the Chicago Board of Education pursuant to section 14C-10 of the Illinois School Code, 105 Illinois Compiled Statues, 5/14C-19. The Council’s purpose as outlined in its bylaws is copied below.

The purpose of the CMPC shall be to advise the Office of Language and Cultural Education (hereinafter the “OLCE”) and other appropriate Chicago Public School departments on matters pertaining to the development, implementation, and evaluation of bilingual education programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) as mandated by law. The specific purposes for which the CMPC is organized include, but are not limited to, the following.

a. to make parents aware of and facilitate their participation in local Bilingual Advisory Committees, other committees, and events related to bilingual education;

b. to identify needs and determine priorities for bilingual education programs and English Language Learners (“ELLS”);

c. to facilitate communication among the multiethnic communities involved in bilingual education programs; and,

d. to support and educate members of the local Bilingual Advisory Committees

The purpose of the CMPC shall be to advise the Office of Language and Cultural Education (hereinafter the “OLCE”) and other appropriate Chicago Public School departments on matters pertaining to the development, implementation, and evaluation of bilingual education programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) as mandated by law. The specific purposes for which the CMPC is organized include, but are not limited to, the following.

a. to make parents aware of and facilitate their participation in local Bilingual Advisory Committees, other committees, and events related to bilingual education;

b. to identify needs and determine priorities for bilingual education programs
and English Language Learners (“ELLS”);

c. to facilitate communication among the multiethnic communities involved in bilingual education programs; and,

d. to support and educate members of the local Bilingual Advisory Committees.

Source: Chicago Board of Education, Chicago Multilingual Parents Council (CMPC) Bylaws and Operational Guidelines (undated)

The names of 21 CMPC members can be found at
http://www.cps.edu/About_CPS/The_Board_of_Education/Pages/Actions2009_05.aspx. See report# 09-0527-RS12

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March 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm

CPS Local School Council Advisory Board

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Minutes of the Chicago Board of Education’s Local School Council Advisory Board for the period from June 2010 through December 2010 are available to download from here.

The Local School Council Advisory Board (“LSCAB”) Operational Guidelines (2005) are here.

The list of LSCAB members elected and appointed for the two year term that began July 1, 2009 and ends June 30, 2011, is here.

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March 24, 2011 at 1:57 pm