Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has announced a proposal to postpone the commencement of the 2024-2025 academic year due to the Democratic National Convention.
The district has suggested beginning the school year on Monday, August 26, according to information available on its website, as reported by ABC-7.
This proposal is slated for review and potential final approval by the Board of Education on February 22, during which time feedback from parents will be considered.
The Democratic National Convention is scheduled to take place in Chicago from August 19 to 22. As a result of the proposed schedule adjustment, the first semester would conclude after the winter break, on January 17, 2025, with the school year ending on June 12, 2025.
The city anticipates the arrival of approximately 75,000 visitors for the convention. In light of this, CPS stated, “This shift not only accommodates the city’s logistical needs as they relate to the influx of Conventiongoers, but it also allows time for students to attend, volunteer, and participate in the civic process of hosting the Convention.”
CPS is actively seeking input from parents and students regarding the proposed calendar changes. A survey for students will conclude on Friday, while parents and community members have until the following Wednesday to provide their feedback. The district has already received responses from around 7,500 individuals, including staff, parents, principals, teachers and faith-based leaders.
“We’re especially grateful for all those who took time to share their feedback on our calendar development to date and we hope that our community will take a moment to weigh in on these draft calendars,” CPS CEO Pedro Martinez expressed. “We’re excited to help our staff, families and community plan ahead with the adoption in February of the next two academic school year calendars.”
Nicki Neily, president and founder of Parents Defending Education, commented on the decision, highlighting a concern for prioritizing political events over students’ educational needs.
“Politics first. Students last,” she remarked on X, conveying her displeasure with the perceived deleterious effect on the education of Chicago children.
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