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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 email@example.com.
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.
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In other news:
(Have you signed the Network for Public Education’s letter to tell your Senator to vote no on DeVos yet?)
Washington Post: NAACP moves ahead with its call for moratorium on charter schools
Economic Policy Institute: Exploring the consequences of charter school expansion in U.S. cities