What are your plans to improve the local schools in your ward?

Education

My plans to improve the schools in the 18th ward involve working with CPS to establish
goals and objectives that centralize on the individual needs of each school. I understand
the importance of a quality education and I want to work with the Chicago City Council to
improve and maintain a level of funding that will propel each student to the next level of
education including the latest in technology and safety equipment.

I intend to solicit all businesses in the ward to support by adopting a school of their choice and
contribute funds for special programs at that school

Step one is listening to parents, teachers and principals and delivering for them and I have done that. Under my leadership, in 2012 and 2013, Chicago Public Schools invested nearly $7 million in capital dollars in 50th Ward schools. That includes new lighting at Armstrong Elementary; flooding abatement, new lighting, new lockers and additional facility improvements at Boone Elementary; a new playground, HVAC and chimney repairs and new lighting at Clinton Elementary; new lighting at Decatur Elementary; structural improvements including brickwork, ADA upgrades, new lockers and lighting improvements at Rogers Elementary School; and lighting improvements and security cameras at Stone Elementary. All three un-air conditioned schools (Boone, Decatur and Rogers) now have air conditioning.
Locally, I am very proud of our schools. Before I took Office, there was no meaningful relationship among school officials and educators and the 50th Ward Alderman. I meet regularly with principals from the public and parochial schools in the 50th Ward. Additionally, I have sponsored Educational Forums to help parents learn more about early childhood, elementary and high school programs. All of my 50th Ward elementary schools recently earned the much sought after +1 designation, ranking them among the very best school in the City of Chicago. The 50th Ward is home to the best elementary school district in the State of Illinois – Decatur Elementary.
Our schools are on the right track, in part, because I have delivered million of dollars in City resources to 50th Ward schools.

I will not stand by as CPS uses $14 million in TIF to construct an addition to Walter Payton High
School while they tell other neighborhood schools they are cutting funds. This is an example
where I would use TIF to better community schools

Provide money for arts, music, and physical education. Also providing for more advanced
education programs that better match the training needs of today’s businesses and
industries.

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The Northwest Side local schools are burdened by overcrowding. Part of my platform is to
open a new local elementary and high school to address this overcrowding and keep class size
from growing too large.

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Chevette A. Valentine IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Activities, hand on
development, improved teacher training, and exposure to events and activities outside the
classroom

The Northwest Side local schools are burdened by overcrowding. Part of my platform is to
open a new local elementary and high school to address this overcrowding and keep class size
from growing too large.

As alderman, I would work with all of the public schools in the ward to strengthen the school
culture and strengthen the school’s ties with the surrounding community. I would hold meetings
at least every other month with the leadership of all levels of schools in the ward and the police
to discuss issues pertinent to the schools, including student safety. I would encourage private
investments from local businesses to provide needed capital improvements to the schools. I
would act to protect a school if it were threatened with closure, and advocate for other
alternatives. Finally, I would seek to make Uplift Community High School a neighborhood high
school.

As alderman, I paved the
way for the construction of the new Jordan School, the Gale School annex, the Kilmer School
annex and the new Field School at Clark and Morse. I have also worked closely with the local
school councils and principals at Field and Gale to secure new roofs, windows and structural work
for those schools. And I helped negotiate the arrangements that brought the Chicago Math and
Science academy to Rogers Park and, when CMSA was looking for a building in can call its own,
I encouraged a local property owner to negotiate with CMSA to purchase his building.
I spearheaded a drive to create the Gale Campus Park. I leveraged a half million-dollar
commitment from the developer of Gateway Plaza to secure funding from the Park District and
the Board of Education to construct a new two and a half acre park and field house/community
center. This will not only provided much-needed recreational space for the North of Howard
community, but will also provide needed facilities for Gale School.
When Gale School appeared on the preliminary school closing list, I lobbied behind the scenes to
have Gale removed from the list. I also lobbied extensively for the implementation of the OS4
program at Gale (see Essay 68 above). We have made significant progress at our other
neighborhood schools, including Sullivan High School under its dynamic new principal, Chad
Adams. Ten years ago, only 55 to 60 percent of incoming freshman at Sullivan ultimately
graduated from high school. Under Principal Adams leadership, that number has surged to an 85
percent graduation rate. Suspensions have been reduced by 73 percent and arrests in the school
have dropped by 85 percent, due to a highly successful restorative justice program, which
Principal Adams instituted at the school last year. New, young and energetic principals have also
assumed the helm at Field, New Field, Jordan and Kilmer Elementary Schools.
As a result, five of the seven schools in my ward that were rated last year saw their school quality
ratings increase and no school experienced a decrease. And three of our schools received a
Level 1 score or better. I will continue to work closely with the school principals and local school
councils that serve the children of my ward to provide them with all the resources they need for a
quality education.

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Joseph J. Moseley II IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

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First not to close not one more
school. Fight to use our TIF funding to go to our schools, hopefully getting Stewart School
reopened. Continue to work with Uplift to become a community High School as opposed to
allowing students from all over the city to attend Uplift. There have been situations if you leave
around the corner from Uplift, you are told that you do not live in the catch are.

I support smaller classroom sizes. Research shows that children are more productive in smaller size classrooms. Enforcing class size limits enhances the teacher’s opportunity to reach a greater number
of students, as well as, delivering a more quality education.

I will continue to work with parents, community members, principals, teachers, and students to
ensure that the schools in my ward have adequate resources, both financial and social.

We need to engage the entire community in an effort to improve our schools. It has been demonstrated over and over again that the utilization of “social capital” in communities to improve schools has been a common
denominator of success across the country. An alderman can have a direct impact on driving civic
engagement in a ward and thus create an enormous amount of social capital to improve each
school in the ward. I would be directly and aggressively involved in this effort as one of my top
priorities.

Support and encourage the
participation of parents and other community members. Help support parents and community
members in finding funding sources through grants/ fundraising that can offset some of the gaps.

Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Encourage CPS admministrators to determine best proven practices for school attainment and
then mirror this process across the city. We have an excellent example of this in the 9th ward.
5 years ago , Gillespie Elementary School and Harlan High School were at the bottom of the
performance scale. Gillespie has managed to move up to the highest attainable rating in 5 years.
Harlan still remains at the bottom. The difference is the resources Gillespie was able to obtain
through the board and grant writing. If this is seen to work, why is the high school kept in the
dark.
Other Ideas:
1. Give more power to the LSC
2. Have the Ward Wide LSC meet with one another
3. Develop a relationship between local businesses interact with the schools
4. Develop a relationship between local police,justice and other agencies interact with the
schools.
5. Find was to get parents more involved. A revenue neutral way to motivate parents may
be appropriate.
6. Promote Outing to the many historical areas in and out of the ward
7. Have school card pick up days Saturdays versus weekends.

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I would love to partner up with
organizations throughout the city and ward that would create new programs and create a safer
and productive environment that will empower and raise social consciousness in my ward.

We have been able to place our demand for an elected school board on the ballot for February in
the 25th Ward. Aside from that, we need real parent and community participation at the LSC level.
CPS has made a big investment in organizing and co-opting parent leaders in the schools. We
need to provide the organizing resources so that parents know what to expect, what to demand
and how to do it. We need full funding for our schools, for programs and specific infrastructural
needs.

Plans include needs assessments and resource partnering.

Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Encourage CPS admministrators to determine best proven practices for school attainment and
then mirror this process across the city. We have an excellent example of this in the 9th ward.
5 years ago , Gillespie Elementary School and Harlan High School were at the bottom of the
performance scale. Gillespie has managed to move up to the highest attainable rating in 5 years.
Harlan still remains at the bottom. The difference is the resources Gillespie was able to obtain
through the board and grant writing. If this is seen to work, why is the high school kept in the
dark.
Other Ideas:
1. Give more power to the LSC
2. Have the Ward Wide LSC meet with one another
3. Develop a relationship between local businesses interact with the schools
4. Develop a relationship between local police,justice and other agencies interact with the
schools.
5. Find was to get parents more involved. A revenue neutral way to motivate parents may
be appropriate.
6. Promote Outing to the many historical areas in and out of the ward
7. Have school card pick up days Saturdays versus weekends.

Our local schools raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to supplement CPS budgets. Sometimes Aldermanic menu money is used to enhance public school projects in the ward as well, and I always support that use of menu money as it enhances our ward as a whole. I am also in favor of maintaining and enhancing parks and playgrounds near schools to improve the community and the learning environment around schools for the students within.

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Really emphasis the whole community as being part of our school system. Engage local
businesses, teachers, students. There’s been too much pointing the finger, we all need to come
together for our kids

Susan Sadlowski Garza IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

candidate's responce

We must reinvest in our community schools if we want to see improvement. The biggest
problem facing my local schools is overcrowding which is why I have worked with area
residents and our LSC to secure $18 million dollars to build an annex at Canty Elementary
School. In addition to relieving overcrowding we must modernize our school facilities and
hire more teachers to ensure the best possible classroom experience for our children to
learn in.

What are your plans to improve the local schools in your ward?
I plan on continuing to stay involved with our Local School Councils as I have been for the past 15
years. I plan on working directly with our school principals and our teachers to improve
communication between both parties and to let them know that they have an advocate in the City
Council working to improve the quality of education in the 36th Ward. I also plan on using a
portion of my own aldermanic salary to hire a professional fundraiser to assist the schools in the
36th Ward with their local fundraising drives.

I will continue to meet with principals, staff, students, LSCs, and the community within the ward to hear what needs are and come to solutions to create plans for moving forward.

Reducing class size, working with teachers, parents and principals in bringing the funds needed to improve the schools. Bring in “real men read” into every school, meet twice a month with LCS members to keep up with what’s going on in the schools and what’s needed.

Stephen Niketopoulos IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I want to make sure parents play a role, LSC’s understand the school’s needs and
foster open communication. I would make a point of getting to know each principal. I'm on the LSC for Columbus school, and seeing the issues the school has from the inside gives me a lot of insight on the way CPS and the State operate. More involvement from the community means more safeguards against mismanagement.

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See Question 39.

Improving local schools and education of our children has been a priority for my
administration. I have established an Education Task Force in the 20th Ward, brought in
reading programs to advance the comprehension of kindergarten and first grade
students. I have worked on the expansion of Early Childhood Development, which
includes complete family services and support, and has also expanded GED programs in
the communities.
I fought against the proposed closings of 13 schools in the 20th Ward. Before and when
CTU went on strike, I wrote letters of support, held community meetings to come up
with strategies to keep our schools open, walked the picket lines with the educators in
my district and encourage residents to have their voice heard by contacting Chicago
Public Schools directly.

I have made local schools a top priority in my ward. I lobbied to have Lincoln Park High School become a wall-to-wall IB school, which was implemented in 2012. I advocated to add an annex to Lincoln Elementary School so that overcrowding will be eliminated and it can successfully use its educational programs for more students. I advocated to preserve the LaSalle Language Academy’s top-ranked magnet program when others advocated to end the program and turn it into a neighborhood school (which would displace over 300 students of color). I helped obtain funding to build a new athletic field and playground for Alcott Elementary and Newberry Math and Science Academy.

Fully fund the schools

In addition to steps mentioned
in Q.68, I meet regularly with school administrators to determine what gaps or resources
need to be addressed. I lobby CPS officials to provide remedies, as well as investigate
suitable alternatives.

In my experience it truly does
take a village to raise a child. I plan to bring the schools, churches, businesses, libraries,
local higher learning institutions, neighborhood block clubs, park districts and local
government together to identify and form partnerships that foster the development of our
youth into productive citizens. These efforts would include after-school activities,
business apprenticeships and community-service opportunities