Student Assignments Advisory Committee (saac)
We will propose a comprehensive student assignment plan which may include but is not limited to new school boundaries (decreasing transportation costs), an equitable selection process for magnet schools and programs, and establishing a school in the 5th Ward.
Purpose of the Advisory:
- Serve as a critical partner in assessing proposed revisions to the District 65 student assignment system.
- Serve as an equitable thought partner in assessing our current student assignment procedures and policies.
- Provide impartial recommendations suited to dismantle systemic racism.
- Use data to make informed decisions and recommendations.
- Recommend new school attendance area maps and new student assignment process.
- Recommend and research school programs.
- Determine how to open a 5th ward school in a fiscally responsible manner.
- Recommend new process to assign students to schools.
Non-Purpose of the Advisory:
- To make final decisions regarding the District 65 student assignment system.
- To create new board policies or procedures.
- To determine location of any proposed facilities.
- To direct District 65 to make specific changes, as this is within the purview of the Board of Education.
Applying to serve on the saac Committee
For those individuals who are interested in joining the Committee, please complete the SAAC application (available in both English and Spanish) by March 19. An announcement will be shared after spring break. The Committee will be comprised of 30 people who are passionate about school equity and believe all students have the right to a quality educational experience.
- 10 D65 educators, support staff, and administrators
- 10 Community Representatives (alderpersons, social service, faith based groups, etc)
- 10 D65 parents/caregivers
Students will have the opportunity to contribute and share their voices and ideas through the Superintendent Student Advisory Committee.
The SAAC, comprised of a diverse team of D65 staff, parents/caregivers, community members and consulting experts, will review District 65’s student assignment system over the next two years using an interactive student assignments tool to develop guiding principles for all of our students and families. Additionally, this team will use data from the master facilities plan and engagement opportunities (community surveys, townhalls, etc) to inform potential recommendations to the School Board. Considerations must assess a number of factors including student enrollment projections, new school boundaries, decreasing transportation costs, building conditions and utilization, and a more equitable selection process for our magnet schools and selective enrollment programs.