$423 million capital spending plan released

With four overcrowded schools getting much-fought-for additions, and the expansion or renovation of selective enrollment high schools, CPS will spend more than half of the capital improvement budget in the coming year on the North and Northwest sides of the city.

Facilities plan lacked parent, community involvement

The vast majority of LSC chairs, LSC members and principals with whom I spoke knew nothing about the 2011 law or the 10-year plan. Instead of being intimately involved with the development of what could be a powerful, comprehensive, transformative plan for our schools, principals and communities—including parents—were left uninformed and thus kept out of full participation in the process.