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State funding bill includes increase to charters, but no one can say how much
A major change in charter policy in the state funding bill was revealed last week that will force CPS to come up with more money for charter schools. We talked to many legislators who didn’t even know that this was in the bill. CPS and the charter groups still don’t know what the amount will be according to reporting in the Tribune this morning, which begs the question, how did our legislators vote on a bill that they didn’t get to debate and scrutinize?
This is more evidence that the process around the new funding bill failed on transparency. What appears to be a small change in the language for charter funding could have an outsized impact on CPS, pulling millions away from district schools. Even more infuriating, CPS’ debt and pension problems may be creating a windfall for charters at the expense of district students. This provision doesn’t appear to have had any real debate, even though a funding task force in 2014 recognized the problem, with CPS and legislators struggling to figure out the impacts.
More on school funding
Hyde Park Herald: Opinion: We oppose Currie/ Raoul vote on education bill
GoCPS Single High School App process
Lots of people seem to have questions about the new single application process for high school. If you have an 8th grader, you should have received info from your child’s school on how to apply.
Here is an FAQ from our partners at Generation All about the new process.
Raise Your Hand is hosting a screening of Backpack Full of Cash, a new documentary about privatization of the US public school system, on Saturday Sept 30th, 9:30am at the Lake Theater in Oak Park. Tickets $12 in advance online; $15 at the door. Read more about the film here.
In other news
Metropolitan Planning Council: Black students declining at Chicago's top public high schools and in CPS overall
New York Times: Betsy DeVos Says She Will Rewrite Rules on Campus Sex Assault
New York Times: Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools. Its Children Lost.
The Atlantic: Why Americans Think So Poorly of the Country's Schools (Article is based on this bookBeyond Test Scores: A Better Way to Measure School Quality)
Washington Post: Parents cite student privacy concerns with popular online education platform Note: CPS plans to expand use of this “personalized learning” platform by 10-15 schools a year according to the FY2018 budget document.