The Weekly Ed Update- 2.3.17

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UPDATE on the below: The DeVos final vote will be Tuesday. Senator Durbin did announce Saturday, February 4, that he will vote no on DeVos. Senator Duckworth announced her no vote on Tuesday, January 31.

RYH Action delivers hundreds of letters to our US Senators to oppose DeVos 


On Tuesday, our sister-org, RYH Action delivered hundreds of letters to Senators Durbin and Duckworth demanding that they vote no on Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos. At this time, Senator Durbin’s office is saying he’s still undecided. Senator Duckworth has put out a statement that she’ll be voting no on DeVos.

The Senate held a cloture vote this morning on DeVos’ nomination, so the final vote will be on Monday

You can call Senator Durbin at any of his offices around the state: (202) 224-2152, (312) 353-4952, (217) 492-4062, (618) 351-1122, (309) 786-5173

WTTW Chicago Tonight DeVos Approved by Senate Committee as Chicago Parents Protest

WBEZ Chicago Education Activists Protest After DeVos Clears First Hurdle For Education Secretary

NBC Nightly News President Trump's Education Nominee Betsy DeVos Allegedly Plagiarized Responses (video)

Go to RYHAction to get more info on this.

Also this week, CPS parent and RYH Board member was on an MSNBC panel about Devos and school choice. Check it out here.

School Funding Reform Commission issues a report….

There have been many school funding commissions in IL over the years, and many recommendations made but not implemented. The latest commission put a report out this week with recommendations that the state increase spending by $3.5B over ten years on K-12 education, yet no one knows whether legislation will actually be filed this session. It’s hard to imagine where the funds will come from when our state hasn’t passed a budget in two years and has a backlog of bills in the amount of $11.2B.  There’s also been no information provided on how the new formula would impact individual districts, although the claim has been made that no district will lose money.

The $3.5B in additional spending recommended does not include capital needs. (Total repair needs just in CPS alone were estimated at $4 billion in FY2016.)

WBEZ: Rauner Commission: State Needs to Spend Extra $3.5 Billion on Schools

Citywide LSC letter #3

At the Board Of Education meeting last week, Local School Council members asked CPS to distribute Citywide LSC Letter #3 to every LSC member across the city. This letter is addressed to Governor Rauner. So far, CPS has not passed this letter on.

You can find the letter with the current 344 LSC member signatures from 123 schools in English here and in Spanish here. Current LSC members can use this form to sign on. Please share with your LSC. The letter will be delivered to Governor Rauner soon.

In other news

Northwestern University Institute for Policy Research Infographic: Does School Spending Matter?

WBEZ Teachers: Proposed Northwest Side School Threatens Student Diversity

Chicago Public Fools I Love Betsy DeVos


We are still posting daily on our Tumblr and retweeting #cpsuccess via @CPSuccessCHI! Submit stories to us here.

Retired Fenger High School teacher received Volunteer Service Award from President Obama

Garvy Elementary Physical Education students as Hungry, Hungry Hippos- worth a watch!


CPS Budget Hearings - Feb 13th

CPS will be voting on an amended budget at their 2/22 Board meeting and will have two public hearings on Tuesday 2/13 from 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm. They have not released any information yet on how they plan to address the budget shortfall.

DePaul College of Education Winter Education Issues Forum - Feb 21st

Trauma Informed Teaching and Counseling Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 5:30 to 7:30 PM
DePaul University
Student Center Room 314
2250 North Sheffield Ave. Chicago, IL 60614
Each participant must register individually