It’s been a busy few weeks for our group. We’ve been out advocating on a few different issues and have received a fair amount of press coverage for our efforts on the budget and recess.
On TIF and the Budget:
CPS is raising property taxes at a time when we have over $850 million in unallocated tif funds. That’s property tax money that has been diverted over the years from CPS and other taxing bodies. We question why some of this isn’t going back to the schools.
Chicago Tribune, Aug. 10, 2011
CPS holds its first budget hearing this week
Catalyst Chicago, Aug. 10, 2011
Speakers at first budget hearing make TIF funds a key issue
The New York Times Chicago News Cooperative, Aug. 11, 2011
Questions about CPS reserve fund
Chicago Tribune, Aug. 12, 2011
City school tax hike greeted with frustration
Chicago Tribune, Aug. 19, 2011
New CPS leaders face red ink, vow 'courageous decisions'
Schools are reporting hearing mixed messages on recess for 2012/2013. You should have received our action alert to hold CPS accountable for promises made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 773-553-1500 to express your support for recess for all. Please continue to call.
WBEZ, Aug. 10, 2011
Activists “thrilled” with mandatory recess
Chicago Tribune, Aug. 17, 2011
Recess for all elementary schools already promised, CPS says
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