School budgets are finally out and LSCs will have until 7/22 to approve budgets. While CPS made the announcement that there will be no cuts to classrooms, many schools will, in fact, have to make cuts, due to a roughly 7% cut to student-based budgeting from fall 2016 and lower enrollment projections for many schools, as well as what appears to be a 4% across the board cut to special education funds. Special education positions will no longer be allocated from central office but funds will be rolled into school budgets. And while there was partial relief from Springfield, much of this funding is not sustainable and does not cover a still $300M budget hole that CPS has not yet addressed.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
After a year of deadlock, our state passed a stopgap budget that will partially fund services for the next 6 months. They also passed a K-12 package for the year that will offer some relief to CPS. We can all breathe a sigh of relief that school funding won’t be held up from the state, and there will be some increase to CPS and other low-income districts this year, but the amount is not sufficient to meet the full deficit at CPS and we won’t know the true outcome until budgets come out likely mid-July.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
There are a few events happening in the next few days in different parts of the city. Here's a list:Read more
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Sandra Hamilton, parent at Blaine and Lane Tech
My name is Sandra Hamilton, I’ve been a CPS parent for 11 years, with children at Blaine elementary and Lane Tech.
I’m here today to ask you to cancel your plans for Obama Prep HS, a $60 million project which, if cancelled, and TIF funds surplused, could yield over $30M for CPS.Read more
CPS is planning to cut $100M from school budgets in the next month.. We'll be sending out daily action items that involve short and long-term sustainable solutions. We need both.
So, what can you do today?Read more
There were many great speakers at the January unelected BOE meeting. We are posting three statements below.
Raise Your Hand Board Member and CPS Parent Jennie Biggs handed in the attached document which includes comments made by people who signed our Cancel $60M "Obama Prep" Selective Enrollment High School petition. Since the Aramark food service contract was up for renewal, she also handed in a packet which included CPS high school students questioning the quality of the food they are served.Read more