Lots of confusion around school budgets!

Due to the way CPS shared information about school budgets this year, there's been a lot of confusion about the amount of money cut at individual schools and across the district as a whole. WBEZ and DNAinfo are now reporting that schools lost $140M (despite CPS saying classrooms will be protected) but many schools are telling us that the numbers still don't reflect what was actually lost. It’s important to note that CPS is still short roughly $300M to balance their budget. Budgets are due today, 7/22, so if you want information on the status of your school budget you should contact your school directly or an LSC member. If you know the actual amount lost, please let us know at info@ilraiseyourhand.org.

WBEZ: Chicago School Budget Picture Beginning to Get Clearerhttps://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-news/chicago-school-budget-picture-begin...
CPS Budget Information Creates Mass Confusionhttps://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-news/cps-budget-information-creates-mass...

Tribune: Budget Cuts, federal funds challenge CPS principals
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-schools-bud...

DNAinfo: Schools will lose $140M, Despite CPS Claim of No Classrooms Cuts, Data Shows
https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160721/portage-park/schools-will-lose-...

Recap of RYH Budget Forum
We had an excellent forum on CPS budgets and sustainable solutions for school funding on Monday night. If you missed the event, we storified some tweets here:
Storify
https://storify.com/ILRaiseYourHand/7-18-16-budget-forum-at-amundsen-hs

And here’s some press coverage
Sun-Times: CPS schools should stash money for unknowns, budget experts say
http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/cps-schools-should-stash-money-unkn...

DNAinfo: CPS could be fully funded by taxes on services like haircuts: expert
https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160719/lincoln-square/cps-could-be-ful...

Ralph Martire of CTBA shared a new education brief at the forum, “Why IL should adopt an evidenced-based education funding model.”. You can read it here:
http://ctbaonline.org/reports/why-illinois-should-adopt-evidence-based-e...

Alderman introduce package of ordinances around city revenue to offset cuts
This week RYH joined many community organization to call on aldermen to support a revenue package to help fund CPS. 40 alderman signed the ordinance. It will be important for us to make sure that these aldermen vote in support of this when it comes up for a vote. The City Council takes a break in August but will be back in session in September.

WTTW: Parents, aldermen call for new revenue for schools
http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2016/07/20/parents-aldermen-call-new-reve...

How can you take action to work on adequate and equitable funding?
Join a RYH parent network to advocate for state and local revenue by neighborhood, so you don't have to go at it alone. Commit to taking a few action steps this year with us toward the fight for adequate and equitable funding, and other policies to strengthen our public schools. Join a Network here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ruba1aZlAw_0667LoW5TPWU6Mm__9RfMtfSjH_2...

Sign the Cancel Obama Prep petition- if these TIF funds are surplused, $30M will go to CPS operating budget
Cancel Obama Prep - we've got 2,581 signatures. Help us get to 3k!
https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/cancel-60m-obama-prep-selective-enro...

The above was part of an email blast sent on Friday, July 22, 2016. Like what you see? Sign up for email blasts here: http://ilraiseyourhand.org/join-our-email-list

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