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Record #: R2015-574   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 7/29/2015 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Education and Child Development
Final action:
Title: Call for hearing(s) on lack of English Language Learners (ELL) program compliance in charter schools
Sponsors: Cardenas, George A., Munoz, Ricardo, Solis, Daniel, Reboyras, Ariel, Villegas, Gilbert, Santiago, Milagros, Ramirez-Rosa, Carlos, Maldonado, Roberto
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Education and Child Development
Attachments: 1. R2015-574.pdf
Related files: R2019-362

WHEREAS, the Chicago Public Schools is the third largest school district in the country; and

 

WHEREAS, the Chicago Public Schools serve over 400,000 children in over 600 schools; and

 

WHEREAS, students within CPS attend over 100 charter schools; and

 

WHEREAS, the population of Latino students within CPS makes up nearly 47%; and

 

WHEREAS, 17% of Chicago Public School students require English language assistance and nearly 60,000 of these students are Spanish speakers; and

 

WHEREAS, Chicago Public Schools receive $14 million in Title 111 federal funding, which is used to help student learn English; and

 

WHEREAS; the City of Chicago has the highest enrollment rate of ELL students in the state; and

 

WHEREAS, nearly 12% of those students who did not leave ELL classes by third grade were more likely to fall behind and they are more likely to be enrolled in special education; and

 

WHEREAS, nearly one-third of all students who attend one of the 16 UNO schools require ELL classes; and

 

WHEREAS, CPS determined that UNO employed only 11 teachers with proper credentials to teach ELL classes but needed over 100; and

 

WHEREAS, CPS has called for an audit of all schools including charters to ensure that schools are properly spending federal resources;

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council, through its Committee on Education, conduct
one or more public hearings on the lack of ELL program compliance in charter
schools.
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