The Weekly Ed Update- 7.20.17: GoCPS Community Forum Tonight!

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Community Forum on the new high-school application process for CPS tonight!

Do you have a rising 8th grader? Are you a middle school parent wondering about the HS application process? CPS is changing the high-school application process using a single app system called GoCPS.  

Students will list multiple schools using a variety of criteria but they will be assigned ONE school via a computer algorithm.

Have questions? Come out tonight to Juarez HS at 6pm. CPS will present followed by a researcher and then a panel including a student, a counselor, and a parent. This event is hosted by Generation All, RYH, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council and the CTU. You can register in advance here.

K- 8 parents -- please do this survey

CPS Principals to receive budgets today!

LSCs have just six days to approve the budgets which are due next Wednesday. This is the latest schools have ever received budgets.  If you are on an LSC and haven’t heard from your school yet, call today to make sure a meeting is scheduled.

Also note that CPS included $300M from the state that hasn’t yet been approved, which could lead to mid-year cuts once again. The state has until 8/10 to sort out the school funding bill, and Governor Rauner has pledged to veto SB1 when it comes to his desk because he thinks CPS gets too much.

As a reminder, CPS is on the list of most fiscally disadvantaged urban districts. Check out this Rutgers study.

Sun-TimesCPS principals await budgets — later than ever, with uncertain funding

In addition, Governor Rauner has introduced a new bill which cuts CPS overall by $37M according to the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA).

CTBA: Illinois is on the verge of reforming its inequitable school funding system

Do you have Illinois friends and family outside of Chicago who care about all students getting a well-resourced education? Share the Rutgers study with them and ask them to share with their IL state reps. It’s a big ask, but it’s critical at this time that we move Illinoisans outside Chicago who are buying the very false narrative about Chicago getting too much.

CPS BOE meeting is next Wednesday, July 26. Sign up is Monday, July 24 at 10:30am sharp. Instructions for sign-up here. You can email us if you have questions about the speaking process.