Recently, CPS made mid year, school level budget cuts, totalling $46M. To see how your school was impacted, please go here.
There are a few things happening on Monday, February 13, due to these cuts.
Students Fight Back!- Monday, February 13
In response to the budget cuts, CPS students are marching in protest. This is sponsored by the Chicago Students Union. You can find details on their event here. Please share with any students in your life or consider attending yourself to support.
4:30-6:30pm, Thompson Center, 100 West Randolph
CPS FY17 Amended Budget Hearings- there are two on Monday, February 13
CPS Amended FY17 Budget Hearing: 2:00-4:00pm, CPS, 42 W Madison. Sign up to speak occurs at CPS & is from 12:30-1:30.
CPS Amended Budget FY17 Hearing: 6:00-8:00pm, CPS, 42 W Madison. Sign up to speak occurs at CPS & is from 4:30-5:30.
These are both great opportunities to voice your opinion to the unelected BOE in the presence of the press.
Here are some tips we have for these hearings...
There are two rooms: the boardroom and the overflow room. If you sign up to speak, you will probably be allowed in the boardroom. If you are there to observe, you will probably be in the overflow room.
Observers can stand in support with a speaker. If you are in the overflow room and plan to stand with someone, pay attention when they call a few speakers. If your speaker is called, proceed to the door & you should be allowed to go to the boardroom.
CPS will probably start with a presentation about the amended FY17 budget.
We imagine they will limit the total amount of speakers to 60 OR they may just allow as many speakers as they can until the hearing end time is met- this would probably mean less than 60 speakers.
If you plan to speak you may want to get there as early as possible to sign up to speak. After signing up to speak, you could then leave and come back shortly before the hearing start time. If you plan to speak, you will be asked for a photo ID.
We imagine less people will be at the 2:00 hearing. Thus, it might be easier to get a speaking spot or a seat if you are observing at this hearing opposed to the 6:00 hearing.
We imagine if you go to a hearing to just observe and/or to stand with a speaker, they will probably allow a certain amount in initially (or give out tickets to get in) and the rest will have to wait for people to leave to be allowed in.
You will have 2 minutes to speak. A good practice is to aim for a speech that is 1 min, 50 seconds long. Yes, practice it aloud & time it. You can bring others with you who can stand next to you when you speak.
If you are speaking in a non English language, they have to give you more than 2 minutes to allow for translation. We would still follow the 2 minute guideline for the speech but do not let them cut you off at the actual hearing itself. You are allowed more time to accommodate your speech plus the translation.
CPS does search bags and they do not allow food, drink, or signs past the inspection point.
You can find the CPS Board of Education Rules webpage here. We believe Chapter II is relevant for these hearings, though, not much detailed guidance is recorded for how public participation should be conducted.