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poverty is education, education is the ticket out…8 out of 100 is not doing our job.” “When you take a look at the high school level … we have not seen the kind of change we would like to see.” As for safety and security within the schools, Huberman said that this is the greatest battle of the CPS district. “Fundamentally, we learn that there are 10,000 kids in terrible trouble in the Chicago Public School district.” Huberman said. The new plan he recommended taking the controllable risk factors of violence in the high school level and we breaking it down to solve the problem of violence. Various risks include: Academic performance, attendance, in- school behavior, special -education, and homelessness. In one analysis, Huberman presented various factors that could affect the likelihood of a student in the CPS to be involved in shooting, and then target the groups at most risk. Factors included attendance, performance, and homelessness, in addition to the error of being marked special education. “The high risk group … have a 20 percent greater chance of being shot in the next two years, think about that-a greater than 20 percent chance of being shot.” Huberman said. Huberman also suggested, “Interventions will be determined based on need…hire paid mentors from the community to problem solve and support these kids in new way.” Secondly, Huberman discussed human capitol and finding a better way of placing the system’s $1.8 million budget. “Schools need to have the ability to administer the money better that the central offices, accountability on principles and teacher whom have a closer relationship.” Huberman said. “The money should follow the students.” Huberman discussed new standards when hiring within the system. “Right now there is no minimum standard to teach in Chicago Public Schools,” Huberman said. According to Huberman talented teachers equal high performing students, and talented principals equals high performing schools.
By: Emma Watson
Ron Huberman held a lecture at the University of Illinois Wednesday to discuss his five-step plan to get the Chicago Public Schools back on their feet. “We need to focus on future success and getting students out of poverty by education,” said Huberman, the recently appointed CEO of Chicago Public Schools. Huberman has been part of many forms of city government including the mayor’s chief of staff, the president of The CTA, and assistant deputy superintendent. During his speech at the Future of Chicago Lecture series, a hundred plus packed into a UIC lecture classroom as Huberman revealed his five “levers” to boost performance. For a successful future in CPS his “levers” include: Performance Management, Human Capitol, Competitive Marketplace for Services, Safety & Security, and Portfolio Management. According to Huberman eight out of 100 kids in Chicago public school district will ever enter or graduate from a four-year college. According to the Chicago Public Schools Office of Performance the dropout rate in 2008 was 12 percent. “Especially when you look at one of the greatest determinants of future success and getting our students out of
“We need new screening procedures that create a new minimum bar.” Huberman believes that, “Competitiveness down to the school level will produce better results.” In regards to performance management and standardized testing determining so many factors for the up coming year. Huberman questioned whether standardized testing should be such a large determinant in the up coming year. In response to Wednesday’s lecture one UIC student was a little skeptical. “I think today went really great, he answered a lot of questions, there was a lot of innovative ideas, whether or not he’s going to put them into actual programs seems like it’s a little unpredictable at this point. “ Beth Phillips a UIC student said. Unfortunately, for the Chicago Public School district the end of the day, “ We structurally don’t have the dollars to fund the programs that we should, and our budget shrinks every year.” Huberman said.