'On The Move' to more corruption, cronyism and mendacity... CPS launches website to help bureaucrats relocate from recycled Com Ed building to recycled Sears building as CPS continues corporate charity program

Citizens of Chicago will have to travel long distances to find information about all the properties owned by Chicago's largest property owner, Chicago Public Schools. And it's impossible for children in about 20 percent of the city's elementary schools to go to a library in their schools because the schools either don't have a library or the library is dark because the school can't afford a librarian under "Student Based Budgeting".

Chicago Public Schools "Chief Executive Officer" Barbara Byrd Bennett during the May 28, 2014 meeting of the nation's third largest school system. Substance photo by David Vance.Chicago Public Schools now has a website called "On The Move." First, note what it is not about -- student successes (which are many across the city, even with Barbara Byrd Bennett and her "team" sabotaging as many of the city's real public schools as possible), thousands of great public school teachers moving into NBCT status or getting extra training this summer; or thanking staff from PSRPs to the lunchroom people for a job well done as we all move into the summer months.

No. "On The Move" is about...

the moving of CPS headquarters four blocks from the Loop intersection of Adams and Clark to the Loop intersection of Madison and Dearborn.

Is how to learn all about this exciting adventure in public plunder and cronyism.

But the one thing Chicago will be able to do effective June 1, 2014 is get regular updates about the move from one downtown office building (purchased in order to assist Commonwealth Edison get out of an obsolete facility) and into another downtown office building (purchased by CPS in order to help Sears Holding, Inc. try and figure out how to get out of its fiscal death spiral by selling off some of the most valuable real estate in the USA and Canada).

Behind all the clutter about "downsizing" the central office and administrative staff of the nation's third largest school system is the fact that for the second time since mayoral control began in Chicago's public schools in 1995, the city's school board is doing a big favor to one of the city's big corporations by taking an obsolete property off its hands. First Com Ed; now Sears. The rest is static. CPS hasn't downsized its administrative staff, but has in fact increased the number and power of out-of-town bureaucrats. What has been downsized is the number of technical workers at CPS to do the important jobs ranging from personnel (now called "Talent" -- but mostly ouitsourced whenever they can get away with it), payroll, and even substitute teaching.


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