OIC: CPS bureaucrats concoct a Pre-School registration process that will defy most people's attempts to register

One of the results of leaving teachers, principals and most parents out of virtually all serious planning at Chicago Public Schools while involving some of the most expensive and incompetent consultants the world has to offer from the private sector (which by definition knows more about everything educational than any teacher or principal) is that from time to time CPS will create a true masterpiece of confusion.

The first page of "Ready Set Register," one of the most bizarre documents ever produced by CPS.And so as schools scramble to end the year and Mayor Rahm Emanuel preens himself about expanding Pre-School programs, CPS has come up with a registration policy that makes it almost impossible to register unless you hire someone to help you.

The multi-page and multi-lingual registration packet provided on June 10 to schools requires on line registration for families that don't even have telephones or computers in a city where poor people can only get to computer during cut-back library hours, thanks to the same mayor who has been attacking teachers and real public schools since his May 2011 inauguration.

The document is available from CPS. Believe it or not, CPS seems proud of it.


June 13, 2013 at 8:33 AM

By: Kati Gilson, NBCT

Preschool registration obstacles

Thank you George for reporting this. After reviewing the enrollment papers it reminds me a lot of the extensive amount of paperwork to enroll in Head Start. Parents continue to be shocked when they come to me to enroll and find out they can't enroll in their own school but have to go to an alternative location. Difficult if you don't have transportation, dangerous if their are gang issues. They are extending the enrollment process through June and Beth Miller-Miscotti had of CPS ECE told me there will also be enrollment opportunities in the fall. However, with funding and program cuts the question remains will their be a place for every child? Many children this year were unable to attend preschool due to lack of program availability. The emphasis on the importance of early childhood education is useless without the funding to provide the necessary programs.

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