The Weekly Ed Update- 12.9.16

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Below is last week's Weekly Ed Update.

Nearly 600 LSC members from 179 schools sign letter to Mayor on new budgeting process

The CPS Board has dismissed concerns around issues caused by the commingling of special education funds with general education funds this year. LSC members presented a letter to Mayor Emanuel Wednesday to try and get his attention on this matter. Thanks to the parents on LSCs who organized this. If you are on an LSC and want to get involved in future efforts, contact

Sun-TimesMark Brown: Parents say CPS pits special ed student needs versus others

Sun-TimesParents protest CPS changes in special education funding

TribuneCPS takes heat over special education spending changes

Chicago TonightParents, Teachers Blast Special Education Funding in Latest CPS Budget

CAN TV: Special Education Funding Press Conference

CPS passes revised budget with $215M hole

Due to Governor Rauner’s recent veto of the $215M CPS funding bill, CPS may have to make mid-year cuts again. They say they will vote on an amended budget at the January Board meeting if they don’t get the funds from the state. Note: this funding was a one-year payment, and the state has not made any commitment for sustainable increased funding to CPS yet. Now even this stop-gap measure has fallen through.

WBEZ: Chicago school board passes new budget with $215M hole

Sign up for budget action info from our sister-org, Raise Your Hand Action.


Have you visited our CPSuccess Tumblr lately? There’s so much #cpsuccess in our schools! Check out this one from Amundsen High School and this one from Brooks High School.


In other news:

TribuneRauner praises Trump education secretary pick

PoliticoTrump’s education pick says reform can ‘advance God’s kingdom.”

(Have you signed the Network for Public Education’s letter to tell your Senator to vote no on DeVos yet?)

Washington PostNAACP moves ahead with its call for moratorium on charter schools

Sun-TimesInspector General blast CPS for impending investigation

Mother JonesMike Pence’s voucher program in Indiana was a windfall for religious schools

TribuneSole bid for Chicago charter school dropped

Economic Policy Institute: Exploring the consequences of charter school expansion in U.S. cities