When Mayor Rahm’s appointed school board privatized custodial work at CPS in 2014, Tim Cawley, CPS’ chief administrative officer at the time said the deal was, “truly a win, win, win,” He said it would save CPS millions of dollars, free up principals to focus on instruction and result in cleaner schools.
Now, after a secret inspection of over a hundred schools by CPS, the Mayor says he is beyond outraged that they are filthy.
Teachers and students have been saying it for years.
A year after the Aramark contract, 200 of 522 principals of CPS schools told the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association that their schools were dirtier since Aramark and SodexoMAGIC took over janitorial services in March 2014.
More than 200 also said the private managers did not free them up as promised.
Last January, the Board of Education approved a $535 million expansion to both companies, privatizing school engineers under an “integrated facilities model” that would put Aramark and SodexoMAGIC in charge of most building concerns.
Just 34 of the 125 schools passed the recent so-called blitz inspections. The worst of the results in schools serving poor children of color.
The DuSable high school building, 4934 S. Wabash, had the highest potential fines overall at $37,250.
Robinson, which only goes up to third grade, had the highest among elementary schools at $30,500.
Yesterday, 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack tweeted:
— Scott Waguespack (@ward32chicago) April 3, 2018
I agree. Cancel the contracts.
And we are still waiting for our elected school board.