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CPS releases Network reconfiguration information, provided in this article... Major reorganization of the nation's third largest school district completed without public input and while ignoring the Board of Education and the Illinois Open Meetings Act

Between Halloween, October 31, 2013, and the second day of November (November 2, 2013) the "Chief Executive Officer" on the nation's third largest school system announced and apparently completed the massive reorganization of Chicago's sub-districts. A week after the public meeting of the Chicago Board of Education, the massive changes, which reconfigured many of the city's public school functions, was completed by edict, in violation of the Open Meetings Act. By the first weekend in November, it was, as Chicagoans have said so often, a "done deal."

At the end of this article is the latest listing of the majority of Chicago's public schools, listed according to the radical reorganization announced by CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett.

This information still hasn't been made publicly available to parents and teachers. Despite claims that the administration got "input" from "stakeholders," none was sought, not was the required 48 hour notice under the Open Meetings Act given.

But on November 1, 2013 officials at Chicago Public Schools finally provided some people with the information on the configurations of the new so-called "Networks" in Chicago Public Schools. "Networks" in 2013 are what the nation's third largest school district calls its sub-districts, and "Chiefs of Schools" or "Network Chiefs" are the term used to described the sub district superintendents. Because CPS avoids the requirement that these individuals be experienced Chicago educators, "Chiefs" in Chicago are now required to have Illinois administrative licenses. As a result, many of the "Chiefs" and "Officers" in Chicago's public schools, beginning with "Chief Executive Officer" Barbara Byrd Bennett, are unlicensed outsiders who are put into power with no knowledge of the city or its schools.

The latest CPS "Network" map by CPS "Chief Executive Officer" Barbara Byrd Bennett was developed in secret and announced a week after the regular monthly meeting of the Chicago Board of Education. It has not yet been release to parents and the public, despite rhetoric about the "involvement" of "stakeholders." Maps of the "Networks" are not yet available from CPS, only lists. A quick look at the lists and all kinds of strange configurations show up. For example, Steinmetz High School on the city's Northwest Side is listed in "Network 3" while nearby Foreman High School is in "Network 1." Other oddities may emerge as more people analyze the latest jumbling of Chicago's schools' administration.

This reorganization is the third time in 30 years that CPS has tried to do "K-12" (now "Pre-K-12") sub districts. Most school districts in Illinois are organized either elementary or high schools. So has Chicago been, for most of Chicago history. The last time combined districts was tried in Chicago was the horizontal "Regions" under Paul Vallas (1995 - 2001). The lumping doesn't work because the administrators either know high schools or elementary schools, but virtually none of them has any knowledge or experience of both.

That is less likely to matter today in Chicago because, starting at the top, most administrators have been brought in from out of town and don't know Chicago anyway. Most of the administrators are now imported mercenaries from out of town. If your job is to destroy the city's real public schools, it's best if you do not have local roots. Hence, Barbara Byrd Bennett and the majority of her "cabinet." Do the dirty work and Eli Broad, Rahm and others will relocate you when the assassins knives are still bloody. The latest, for Network purposes, is Rhonda Saegert, who is now "Chief" of Network 10, but who was very recently a principal in Cleveland, Ohio.

Barbara Byrd Bennett slipped Seagert on to the CPS payroll during the summer in violation of Board policy, which requires a Board Report for every employee earning over $100,000 per year. More and more both Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Barbara Byrd Bennett, his appointed CEO, are simply ignoring the Board and the law, as Emanuel did recently in announcing school constructions without bothering the Board with the multi-million dollar issue. Byrd Bennett snubbed the Board members with this current "Network" configuration, which she announced less than one week after the October Board meeting, when it should by law have been brought to the Board under the Open Meetings Act and Board policies.

Byrd Bennett claims they are supposedly reducing the "Network" people by 70 positions, citywide. Given the penchant for the current administration to shift around and hide the most lucrative positions, the public will need to see a Position File before that claim can be verified.

In 2011, CPS officials created the "Networks" and gave them quirky names that bore little reflection to traditional Chicago community names or census names. The November 1 listing of the new Networks provides a Network number, but no names yet for the new Networks, indicating that perhaps officials in Barbara Byrd Bennett's "cabinet" are still trying to figure out what to name each of the Networks. Substance had no information on that as of press time, although a pre-name was provided when CPS released the names of the new (or surviving) "Network Chiefs" a day earlier.

According to this listing, CPS has 456 real public elementary and high schools. Charter schools are, for the most part, not included in this list.

COMPLETE LISTING OF 456 SCHOOLS IN THE NEW NETWORK CONFIGURATION AS OF NOVEMBER 1, 2013. KEY. THE LEFT COLUMN IS THE NEW NETWORK NUMBER. NEXT COLUMN IS THE SCHOOL (HS FOR HIGH SCHOOL, ES FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL). THE FINAL COLUMN IS THE OLD NETWORK NAME (NOT THE NUMBER).

"New

Network

Ref #" NAME "ES

or

HS" Old Network

1 ALBANY PARK ES O'Hare

1 BATEMAN ES O'Hare

1 BEARD ES O'Hare

1 BEAUBIEN ES O'Hare

1 BELDING ES O'Hare

1 BRIDGE ES O'Hare

1 CANTY ES O'Hare

1 CLEVELAND ES O'Hare

1 DEVER ES O'Hare

1 DIRKSEN ES O'Hare

1 DISNEY II ELEM ES O'Hare

1 DISNEY II HS HS 1 EBINGER ES O'Hare

1 EDGEBROOK ES O'Hare

1 EDISON ES O'Hare

1 EDISON PARK ES O'Hare

1 FARNSWORTH ES O'Hare

1 FOREMAN HS HS North-Northwest Side

1 GARVY, J ES O'Hare

1 GRAY ES O'Hare

1 HAUGAN ES O'Hare

1 HENRY ES O'Hare

1 HIBBARD ES O'Hare

1 HITCH ES O'Hare

1 MARSHALL MIDDLE ES O'Hare

1 MURPHY ES O'Hare

1 NORTH RIVER ES O'Hare

1 NORTHSIDE LEARNING HS HS North-Northwest Side

1 NORTHSIDE PREP HS HS North-Northwest Side

1 NORWOOD PARK ES O'Hare

1 ONAHAN ES O'Hare

1 ORIOLE PARK ES O'Hare

1 PALMER ES O'Hare

1 PETERSON ES O'Hare

1 PORTAGE PARK ES O'Hare

1 PRUSSING ES O'Hare

1 REINBERG ES O'Hare

1 ROOSEVELT HS HS North-Northwest Side

1 SAUGANASH ES O'Hare

1 SCAMMON ES O'Hare

1 SCHURZ HS HS North-Northwest Side

1 SMYSER ES O'Hare

1 SOLOMON ES O'Hare

1 STOCK ES O'Hare

1 TAFT HS HS North-Northwest Side

1 THORP, O ES O'Hare

1 VAUGHN HS HS North-Northwest Side

1 VOLTA ES O'Hare

1 VON STEUBEN HS HS North-Northwest Side

1 WILDWOOD ES O'Hare

2 AMUNDSEN HS HS North-Northwest Side

2 ARMSTRONG, G ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 BOONE ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 BRENNEMANN ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 BUDLONG ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 CHAPPELL ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 CLINTON ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 COONLEY ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 COURTENAY ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 DECATUR ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 DISNEY ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 FIELD ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 GALE ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 GOUDY ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 HAYT ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 JAMIESON ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 JORDAN ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 KILMER ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 LAKE VIEW HS HS North-Northwest Side

2 MATHER HS HS North-Northwest Side

2 MCCUTCHEON ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 MCPHERSON ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 NEW FIELD ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 PEIRCE ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 RAVENSWOOD ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 RICKOVER NAVAL HS HS North-Northwest Side

2 ROGERS ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 SENN HS HS North-Northwest Side

2 STONE ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 SULLIVAN HS HS North-Northwest Side

2 SWIFT ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 UPLIFT HS HS North-Northwest Side

2 WATERS ES Ravenswood-Ridge

2 WEST RIDGE ES Ravenswood-Ridge

3 AUSTIN B&E HS HS West Side

3 AUSTIN POLYTECH HS HS West Side

3 BELMONT-CRAGIN ES Fullerton

3 BRUNSON ES Austin-North Lawndale

3 BURBANK ES Fullerton

3 CAMRAS ES Fullerton

3 CLARK ES ES Austin-North Lawndale

3 CLARK HS HS West Side

3 DEPRIEST ES Austin-North Lawndale

3 DOUGLASS HS HS West Side

3 ELLINGTON ES Austin-North Lawndale

3 FALCONER ES Fullerton

3 HANSON PARK ES Fullerton

3 HAY ES Austin-North Lawndale

3 LELAND ES Austin-North Lawndale

3 LLOYD ES Fullerton

3 LOCKE J ES Fullerton

3 LOVETT ES Austin-North Lawndale

3 LYON ES Fullerton

3 MCNAIR ES Austin-North Lawndale

3 NASH ES Austin-North Lawndale

3 NORTHWEST ES Fullerton

3 PRIETO ES Fullerton

3 PROSSER HS HS North-Northwest Side

3 SAYRE ES Austin-North Lawndale

3 SCHUBERT ES Fullerton

3 SPENCER ES Austin-North Lawndale

3 STEINMETZ HS HS North-Northwest Side

3 VOISE HS HS West Side

3 YOUNG ELEM ES Austin-North Lawndale

4 AGASSIZ ES Ravenswood-Ridge

4 ALCOTT ES North-Northwest Side

4 ALCOTT HS HS North-Northwest Side

4 AMES ES Fullerton

4 AUDUBON ES Ravenswood-Ridge

4 BARRY ES Fullerton

4 BELL ES Ravenswood-Ridge

4 BLAINE ES Ravenswood-Ridge

4 BURLEY ES Ravenswood-Ridge

4 CHASE ES Fullerton

4 DARWIN ES Fullerton

4 DEVRY HS HS North-Northwest Side

4 FRANKLIN ES Fullerton

4 FUNSTON ES Fullerton

4 GOETHE ES Fullerton

4 GREELEY ES Ravenswood-Ridge

4 HAMILTON ES Ravenswood-Ridge

4 HAWTHORNE ES Ravenswood-Ridge

4 INTER-AMERICAN ES Ravenswood-Ridge

4 JAHN ES Ravenswood-Ridge

4 LANE HS HS North-Northwest Side

4 LASALLE ES Fullerton

4 LINCOLN ES Fullerton

4 LINCOLN PARK HS HS North-Northwest Side

4 LINNE ES Fullerton

4 LOGANDALE ES Fullerton

4 LORCA ES Fullerton

4 MAYER ES Fullerton

4 MCAULIFFE ES Fullerton

4 MONROE ES Fullerton

4 MOZART ES Fullerton

4 NETTELHORST ES Ravenswood-Ridge

4 NEWBERRY ES Fullerton

4 NIXON ES Fullerton

4 PRESCOTT ES Fullerton

4 REILLY ES Fullerton

4 SKINNER NORTH ES Fullerton

4 YATES ES Fullerton

5 CAMERON ES Garfield-Humboldt

5 CATHER ES Garfield-Humboldt

5 CHOPIN ES Fulton

5 DE DIEGO ES Fulton

5 DVORAK ES Austin-North Lawndale

5 FARADAY ES Garfield-Humboldt

5 FRAZIER INTL ES Austin-North Lawndale

5 GREGORY ES Garfield-Humboldt

5 HEFFERAN ES Garfield-Humboldt

5 HUGHES, C ES Austin-North Lawndale

5 JENSEN ES Garfield-Humboldt

5 KELLMAN ES Garfield-Humboldt

5 LOWELL ES Garfield-Humboldt

5 MANLEY HS HS West Side

5 MARSHALL HS HS West Side

5 MASON ES Austin-North Lawndale

5 MELODY ES Garfield-Humboldt

5 MOOS ES Fulton

5 NOBEL ES Garfield-Humboldt

5 NORTH-GRAND HS HS West Side

5 PENN ES Austin-North Lawndale

5 PLAMONDON ES Austin-North Lawndale

5 SABIN ES Fulton

5 STOWE ES Garfield-Humboldt

5 SUMNER ES Garfield-Humboldt

5 TILTON ES Garfield-Humboldt

5 WARD, L ES Garfield-Humboldt

5 WEBSTER ES Garfield-Humboldt

5 WEST PARK ES Garfield-Humboldt

5 WESTINGHOUSE HS HS West Side

6 AIR FORCE HS HS Southwest Side

6 ARMOUR ES Pershing

6 BURR ES Fulton

6 COLUMBUS ES Fulton

6 CRANE HS HS West Side

6 CRANE MEDICAL HS HS 6 DETT ES Fulton

6 DRUMMOND ES Fullerton

6 GALILEO ES Fulton

6 GRAHAM ELEM ES Pershing

6 GRAHAM HS HS South Side

6 HAINES ES Pershing

6 HEALY ES Pershing

6 HOLDEN ES Pershing

6 IRVING ES Fulton

6 JACKSON, A ES Fulton

6 JENNER ES Fullerton

6 JONES HS HS South Side

6 LASALLE II ES Fulton

6 LOZANO ES Fulton

6 MARINE MILITARY HS HS West Side

6 MCCLELLAN ES Pershing

6 MITCHELL ES Fulton

6 MONTEFIORE ES Fulton

6 OGDEN ES North-Northwest Side

6 OGDEN HS HS North-Northwest Side

6 OTIS ES Fulton

6 PAYTON HS HS North-Northwest Side

6 PHOENIX MILITARY HS HS West Side

6 PRITZKER ES Fulton

6 PULASKI ES Fullerton

6 RUDOLPH ES Fulton

6 SALAZAR ES Fullerton

6 SHERIDAN ES Pershing

6 SKINNER WEST ES Fulton

6 SOUTH LOOP ES Burnham Park

6 STEM ES Fulton

6 SUDER ES Fulton

6 TALCOTT ES Fulton

6 WARD, J ES Pershing

6 YOUNG HS HS West Side

7 CARDENAS ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 CASTELLANOS ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 COOPER ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 CORKERY ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 DE DOMINGUEZ ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 FARRAGUT HS HS West Side

7 FINKL ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 GARY ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 INFINITY HS HS West Side

7 JUNGMAN ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 KANOON ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 LITTLE VILLAGE ES ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 MADERO ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 MCCORMICK ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 MULTICULTURAL ARTS HS HS West Side

7 OROZCO ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 PEREZ ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 PICKARD ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 PILSEN ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 RUIZ ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 SAUCEDO ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 SOCIAL JUSTICE HS HS West Side

7 SPRY ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 SPRY COMMUNITY LINKS HS HS West Side

7 WALSH ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 WHITNEY ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 WHITTIER ES Pilsen-Little Village

7 WORLD LANGUAGE HS HS West Side

7 ZAPATA ES Pilsen-Little Village

8 BOTY HS HS 8 BRIGHTON PARK ES Pershing

8 BURROUGHS ES Pershing

8 CALMECA ES Pershing

8 CARSON ES Midway

8 CHAVEZ ES Pershing

8 CHRISTOPHER ES Midway

8 COLUMBIA EXPLORERS ES Pershing

8 CURIE HS HS Southwest Side

8 DALEY ES Pershing

8 DAVIS, N ES Pershing

8 EDWARDS ES Midway

8 EVERETT ES Pershing

8 EVERGREEN ES Pershing

8 GAGE PARK HS HS Southwest Side

8 GREENE, N ES Pershing

8 GUNSAULUS ES Pershing

8 HAMLINE ES Pershing

8 HEDGES ES Pershing

8 HERNANDEZ ES Midway

8 LARA ES Pershing

8 NIGHTINGALE ES Midway

8 PASTEUR ES Midway

8 PECK ES Midway

8 SANDOVAL ES Midway

8 SAWYER ES Midway

8 SEWARD ES Pershing

8 SHIELDS ES Pershing

8 SHIELDS MIDDLE ES Pershing

8 TALMAN ES Midway

8 THOMAS ES Pershing

8 TONTI ES Midway

9 ARIEL ES Burnham Park

9 ATTUCKS ES Burnham Park

9 BEASLEY ES Burnham Park

9 BEETHOVEN ES Burnham Park

9 CANTER ES Burnham Park

9 CHICAGO MILITARY HS HS South Side

9 DOOLITTLE ES Burnham Park

9 DRAKE ES Burnham Park

9 DUNBAR HS HS South Side

9 DYETT HS HS South Side

9 FISKE ES Burnham Park

9 HARTE ES Burnham Park

9 HENDRICKS ES Pershing

9 HYDE PARK HS HS South Side

9 KENWOOD HS HS South Side

9 KING HS HS South Side

9 KOZMINSKI ES Burnham Park

9 MOLLISON ES Burnham Park

9 MURRAY ES Burnham Park

9 PERSHING EAST ES Burnham Park

9 RAY ES Burnham Park

9 SHOESMITH ES Burnham Park

9 TILL ES Burnham Park

9 WADSWORTH ES Burnham Park

9 WELLS ES Burnham Park

9 WILLIAMS MEDICINE HS HS South Side

9 WOODLAWN ES Burnham Park

9 WOODSON SOUTH ES Burnham Park

10 ASHBURN ES Midway

10 AZUELA ES Midway

10 BLAIR ES Midway

10 BYRNE ES Midway

10 CARROLL ES Midway

10 CASSELL ES Rock Island

10 CHICAGO AG HS HS Far South Side

10 CLAREMONT ES Midway

10 CLISSOLD ES Rock Island

10 DAWES ES Midway

10 DORE ES Midway

10 DURKIN PARK ES Midway

10 EBERHART ES Midway

10 FAIRFIELD ES Midway

10 GOODE HS HS Southwest Side

10 GRIMES ES Midway

10 HALE ES Midway

10 HAMPTON ES Midway

10 HEARST ES Midway

10 HUBBARD HS HS Southwest Side

10 HURLEY ES Midway

10 KELLER ES Rock Island

10 KELLOGG ES Rock Island

10 KENNEDY HS HS Southwest Side

10 KINZIE ES Midway

10 LEE ES Midway

10 MCKAY ES Midway

10 MORRILL ES Midway

10 MOUNT GREENWOOD ES Rock Island

10 OWEN ES Midway

10 STEVENSON ES Midway

10 SUTHERLAND ES Rock Island

10 TWAIN ES Midway

10 VANDERPOEL ES Rock Island

10 VICK ES Rock Island

11 BARTON ES Englewood-Gresham

11 BASS ES Englewood-Gresham

11 BOND ES Englewood-Gresham

11 COOK ES Englewood-Gresham

11 CUFFE ES Englewood-Gresham

11 DAVIS M ES Englewood-Gresham

11 EARLE ES Englewood-Gresham

11 EVERS ES Rock Island

11 FORT DEARBORN ES Rock Island

11 FOSTER PARK ES Englewood-Gresham

11 FULTON ES Pershing

11 GREEN, W ES Rock Island

11 GRESHAM ES Englewood-Gresham

11 HARPER HS HS Southwest Side

11 HENDERSON ES Englewood-Gresham

11 HINTON ES Englewood-Gresham

11 HOPE HS HS Southwest Side

11 Jackson M ES Englewood-Gresham

11 KERSHAW ES Englewood-Gresham

11 KIPLING ES Rock Island

11 LANGFORD ES Englewood-Gresham

11 LENART ES Skyway

11 LIBBY ES Pershing

11 LINDBLOM HS HS Southwest Side

11 MAYS ES Englewood-Gresham

11 NICHOLSON ES Englewood-Gresham

11 OGLESBY ES Englewood-Gresham

11 O'TOOLE ES Englewood-Gresham

11 PARKER ES Englewood-Gresham

11 RANDOLPH ES Englewood-Gresham

11 ROBESON HS HS Southwest Side

11 RYDER ES Englewood-Gresham

11 SHERWOOD ES Englewood-Gresham

11 SIMEON HS HS South Side

11 SOUTHSIDE HS HS Southwest Side

11 TEAM ENGLEWOOD HS HS Southwest Side

11 TURNER-DREW ES Rock Island

11 WACKER ES Rock Island

11 WENTWORTH ES Englewood-Gresham

11 WESTCOTT ES Skyway

12 AVALON PARK ES Skyway

12 BLACK ES Skyway

12 BOUCHET ES Skyway

12 BROWNELL ES Skyway

12 BURNSIDE ES Skyway

12 CALDWELL ES Skyway

12 COLES ES Skyway

12 DIXON ES Skyway

12 EARHART ES Skyway

12 GILLESPIE ES Rock Island

12 HARLAN HS HS Far South Side

12 HIRSCH HS HS South Side

12 HOYNE ES Skyway

12 MADISON ES Skyway

12 MANN ES Skyway

12 MCDADE ES Skyway

12 MCDOWELL ES Skyway

12 MIRELES ES Skyway

12 NEIL ES Skyway

12 NINOS HEROES ES Skyway

12 PARK MANOR ES Skyway

12 PARKSIDE ES Skyway

12 PIRIE ES Skyway

12 POWELL ES Skyway

12 REVERE ES Skyway

12 RUGGLES ES Skyway

12 SCHMID ES Lake Calumet

12 SCHOOL OF LEADERSHP HS HS South Side

12 SOUTH SHORE FINE ARTS ES Skyway

12 SOUTH SHORE INTL HS HS South Side

12 SULLIVAN ELEM ES Skyway

12 TANNER ES Skyway

12 THORP, J ES Skyway

12 WARREN ES Skyway

12 WASHINGTON, H ES ES Skyway

13 ADDAMS ES Lake Calumet

13 BENNETT ES Rock Island

13 BRIGHT ES Lake Calumet

13 BROOKS HS HS Far South Side

13 BROWN, R ES Lake Calumet

13 BURNHAM ES Lake Calumet

13 CARVER MILITARY HS HS Far South Side

13 CLAY ES Lake Calumet

13 COLEMON ES Lake Calumet

13 CORLISS HS HS Far South Side

13 CULLEN ES Rock Island

13 DUBOIS ES Lake Calumet

13 DUNNE ES Rock Island

13 FENGER HS HS Far South Side

13 FERNWOOD ES Rock Island

13 GALLISTEL ES Lake Calumet

13 GARVEY M ES Rock Island

13 GOMPERS ES Lake Calumet

13 GRISSOM ES Lake Calumet

13 HALEY ES Rock Island

13 HIGGINS ES Lake Calumet

13 HUGHES, L ES Rock Island

13 LAVIZZO ES Rock Island

13 MARSH ES Lake Calumet

13 METCALFE ES Lake Calumet

13 MOUNT VERNON ES Rock Island

13 POE ES Lake Calumet

13 PULLMAN ES Lake Calumet

13 SHOOP ES Rock Island

13 SMITH ES Lake Calumet

13 TAYLOR ES Lake Calumet

13 WASHINGTON HS HS Far South Side

13 WASHINGTON, G ES ES Lake Calumet

13 WHISTLER ES Lake Calumet

13 WHITE ES Lake Calumet



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