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It was a heated unelected CPS Board of Education meeting Wednesday as many parents addressed the board about the ISBE special education findings and ongoing special ed issues at their schools, Aramark being awarded a new contract despite failing inspections, and more. Frank Clark and Janice Jackson also wrongfully asserted that CPS initiated the ISBE special ed inquiry, which was unfortunate, because it does not help to build trust. Why would CPS initiate a special ed investigation on themselves? This inquiry was the result of a coalition of 14 groups asking the ISBE board to investigate CPS for systemic policies put in place to delay and deny services. The ISBE panel agreed with our assertions and will be announcing any corrective action on May 16. It’s amazing that individual schools continue to do such great work despite harmful policies from the top.
On November 17, 2017, a coalition of 14 groups, including RYH, presented a letter and spoke at an ISBE meeting, requesting ISBE investigate CPS around their special education policies & procedures. You can watch all of those videos here.
RYH Action was in Springfield 3 days this week working on some important legislation. Two of the bills they are working on, a class-size goals bill and a CPS facilities bill, passed in the House and move to the Senate next. And they were able to help stop a bill to weaken LSCs and allow software companies to sell student data for targeted ads. You can read more here. Join them at their RYHAction Spring into Action event tomorrow night!
A must read blog post with searchable table from the CTBA
The Center for Budget and Tax Accountability (CTBA) has a new analysis out on their blog: For every Chicago public school, the gap between funding needs and reality. No, you weren't imagining it, your CPS school does not have full funding! CTBA put out a report looking at what schools would get if the evidenced based model (EBM)- the new IL state school funding formula- was actually funded. Keep in mind, the education funding bill passed with a formula change but with no mandate for the $6B it requires over 10 years. Most CPS neighborhood high schools need $10-$15M more for full funding. Every year parents will need to push the IL General Assembly to appropriate new funding to go with the formula change that was passed. We need revenue.
In other news
South Side Weekly: Opinion: Filthy Schools Signal a Deeper Problem for CPS
The Chicago Reporter: Private schools, poised to grow in Illinois, move into closed Chicago public schools
Huffington Post: Opinion: What Teachers Are Asking For
Fri May 18, Sat May 19, Sun May 20
Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st Street
This is a great opportunity to attend a very powerful and inspiring national event in Chicago!
You can find the itinerary of the event here.
Who gains, who loses, and what you need to know
Tues May 22
Kenwood High School, 5015 S. Blackstone
Join us for a discussion with:
Linda Lutton: Peabody-award winning WBEZ journalist and investigative reporter
Dr. Christopher Lubienski, Professor, Indiana University, researcher on schools choice, charter schools, and voucher programs.
Printable flyer here.
PREPARE FOR THIS FORUM by reading (or listening to) Lutton's recent report on tax credit scholarships: How To Take In $33 Million In Tax Payer Dollars: Partner With The Catholic Church
Our Tax Credit Scholarships: What You Need To Know is a great primer on this topic.