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UPDATE to the below Weekly Ed Update...
The House meets tomorrow, August 23, to take up the SB1 override. If the override fails, which is very likely, there will be a compromise bill. Republicans are still pushing for vouchers to be part of this bill and we know that Mike Madigan is open to this per recent press reports.
So what can you do?
Call your IL State Rep and tell them to override the SB1 veto. Tell them to keep vouchers out of any compromise bill if the override fails. This tax credit scholarship voucher scheme is from the Trump/DeVos handbook and has no place in a bill about school funding equity. Here is our Fact Sheet on Tax Credit Scholarships.
If you have friends or family outside of Chicago, ask them to make this call.
School funding update
The House convened Wednesday but didn’t take a vote on SB1. Instead they voted down the Governor’s changes to the school funding bill, which apparently weren’t very unpopular since there wasn’t one yes vote for his plan, and all the Republicans voted present.
The House may convene next week to take up SB1, or they may come up with a compromise bill that includes something that the Governor wants in the bill. Today, the four legislative leaders are meeting and it’s been reported that vouchers are still at the top of the list of items.
RYH has been getting the word out about how adding school privatization to a bill about funding equity is completely misguided.
Chicago Reporter: ‘Neovouchers’ introduced to school funding standoff in Illinois
What can you do?
Keep calling your state rep and telling them no vouchers in the school funding plan. Find their contact info here.
Ask five friends outside the city who support public schools to write their state rep and state senator to ask for a solution to the school funding impasse---one that doesn’t include diverting funds to private schools.
Write a letter to the editor to your local paper. CPS parent Katie Madden had a great letter in the Sun-Times last week: Public dollars should go to public schools
CPS budget and charter hearings next week!
Yes, CPS is still planning to expand charter schools even during these financially unstable times. Share with your contacts. Here’s the schedule for hearings next week. (The Unelected Board of Ed meeting will be the following week Monday, August 28th.)
Capital Plan Hearings: Mon Aug 21, 6pm, registration 5pm:
Charter Hearings: Mon Aug 21, 4:30 and 7:30pm, registration 4pm and 7pm, 42 W Madison. Details.
Budget Hearings: Wed Aug 23, 12:30pm and 3:30pm, registration at 11am and 2pm 42 W Madison
Board of Ed registration: Thurs Aug 24, 10:30am
RYH participated in a bus tour for local revenue this week. Even if we get SB1 passed, CPS is still short hundreds of millions of dollars for this year. We need sustainable revenue from the state and city!
Pictures and more video here on our sister org’s Facebook page.
In other news
Electronic Frontier Foundation: Student Privacy Tips for Parents
Tribune: New state science test raises the bar but proficiency drops Note that the conclusion in the headline is about 2016 scores. Story reports that not all 2016 tests have been scored yet.
National Education Policy Center: Sold to the Highest Bidder: Lack of Protections Puts the Privacy of Students and their Families at Risk
Alternet: 7 Ways Teachers Can Respond to the Evil of Charlottesville, Starting Now by CPS teacher Xian Barrett