This Week in Ed 7.27.18: CPS passes inequitable capital plan despite massive outcry from public

To no one’s surprise, the CPS appointed board unanimously passed their FY 2019 budget Wednesday which includes a $1B capital plan that perpetuates gross inequity throughout the city.

WBEZ exposed gross inequities in capital spending a few weeks ago, parents testified at 3 CPS budget hearings last week, and RYH and many other community groups asked the board to halt the capital plan until CPS could come up with a long-term equitable plan that prioritized the needs of existing schools where major needs are not being met. Here is our statement given to the unelected BOE at Wednesday’s monthly meeting.

ICYMI and worth sharing again: WBEZ reported in June that CPS has spent 60% of their capital funds on new construction and programs since 2011 ignoring the needs of many schools.


RYH Action created a chart showing capital spending by ward from 2013-2017 and then, Wednesday, researchers at the UIC Voorhees Center released a report that shows which wards are getting their unmet facilities needs met based on 2013 assessments. The results are really staggering. You can find the UIC Vorhees Center report here: Proposed CPS Budget Reveals Geographic Disparities in Investment.


Other press coverage about the CPS FY 2019 budget:

CBS 2: Who Gets What in the New CPS Capital Budget?

WBEZ: 5 Things To Know About Chicago’s $7B Public School Budget

WTTW: Critics Say CPS Budget Promotes Inequality Across District

Sun-Times: Board of Ed approves 2018-19 schools budget over objections

ABC 7: CPS board to consider nearly $1B capital plan

Student data privacy hearing scheduled for August 7 in Chicago


The IL House Cybersecurity, Data Analytics and IT Committee will hold a subject-matter hearing on student data privacy on Tues August 7th, 10am, at the Bilandic Building (160 N LaSalle). Parents and the public are welcome to attend.


Raise Your Hand Action requested this hearing in light of the $14 million Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) grant to CPS and LEAP Innovations announced this spring and the ongoing issues with student data security and surveillance that increased use of technology in public schools presents. CZI is an LLC owned by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that makes “grants” in areas including in education. It also invests venture capital in ed tech companies and is the operator/developer of the Summit personalized learning software system used in CPS since 2016. The student data improperly exposed last month by the CPS Office of Access and Enrollment was at least the fifth major breach in CPS reported in the media since Dec 2013.


You can read our background piece on why we need to better student data here.


Save the Date for our annual fundraiser!


RYH’s Annual Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

5:30 - 8:30 pm

In “the Basement” at Lagunitas Brewery, 2607 W 17th St


In other news


WTTW: Local School Councils: What They Do, What Challenges They Face

Sun-Times: CPS to award last $60M in school facilities management work to SodexoMAGIC

Block Club Chicago: As Logan Square Gets Whiter, Neighborhood Schools Must Fight To Survive

Chalkbeat Chicago: Here’s some advice for CPS’ future Chief Equity Officer in year one

Chicago Reporter: As school discipline disparities worsen, Illinois has yet to require reforms

Chicago Reporter: How Illinois observes racial disparities in school discipline data

Sun-Times: Opinion: Lawmakers found more money for schools this year, but what about down the road?


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