Below are notes from Joy Clendenning. She attended the CEFTF Master Planning Committee Meeting on July 14, 2016. She includes perspective on the 10 Year Educational Facilities Master Plan as well as information on how you can provide feedback.Read more
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 email@example.com.Read more
CPS Draft Update to the Ed Facilities Master Plan and Upcoming Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force (CEFTF) Meeting
UPDATED July 11:
Agenda for the meeting is attached.
The deadline of Thursday at midnight is fast approaching for the state to pass a stopgap budget, and a Pre-K-12 budget to allow schools to open in the fall.Read more
State budget deadline is this Thursday- let’s keep pushing for fair funding for CPS and for a budget for IL families!
IL families cannot wait to go another year without a state budget and CPS students will not be able to thrive without fair education funding from the state!Read more
There's a lot going on as we come to the end of the school year. Please consider attending one or more of the below and use your parent voice!Read more
CPS has a serious deficit but there are solutions. There should be no talk of bankruptcy or a School Finance Authority, which would likely make severe cuts and raise class sizes, as one did in the 1980s.Read more
We need parents to take action Tuesday, May 31. Please visit your state legislators’ offices to push for revenue solutions to fund an education budget. Here are short answers to frequent questions:Read more
If you like what you see and what we do, please sign up for weekly emails here: http://ilraiseyourhand.org/join-our-email-list.Read more
Parents are learning of potential disastrous budget cuts coming for the 2016-17 school year. Below are links to resources that we've developed over the past year to help you understand how we got into this situation and to give you advocacy tools and ideas.Read more