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Will IL schools open on time?
Although IL finally passed a budget after two years, the battle over school funding still wages on in Springfield. In order for funding to be released to schools, a new-evidenced-based funding model must be passed. Governor Rauner has repeatedly said that he plans to veto SB1, the funding formula bill sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar, because he believes it gives CPS too much money. There’s some indication that he’s going to try and do an amendatory veto, only rejecting parts of SB1 that he disapproves of, but it’s all up in the air right now, and the clock is ticking as some schools open mid-August.
CPS has said they’ll open on time no matter what, and they can do this in part because they just borrowed another $500M! We have to end this cycle of high-interest borrowing and get our state and city to support revenue measures for sustainable schools.
Community Forum on the new CPS Single Application for HS
Do you have a rising 8th grader? CPS is changing the high-school application process this year with a single application process for most types of schools. Come out and learn about it next Thursday night, July 20th at Juarez HS. There will be a CPS staff person there to discuss the new process followed by a panel that includes a counselor, parent and HS student.
RYH’s statement on the closing of NTA
RYH attended a community forum this week on the proposal to close NTA to make room for a high school in the South Loop. While RYH understands the need for a high school, we don’t think it should be at the expense of a high-performing, well-attended school that serves a majority African-American population.
In other news
New York Times: DeVos’s Hard Line on New Education Law Surprises States