CPS Students for an Elected, Representative School Board

Charles Kotrba is a rising senior at Whitney Young, and a member of Chicago Students Union, an entirely student run organization dedicated to representing the CPS student voice.

Recently, Charles gave a soap box speech in Daley Plaza and explained how the
appointed CPS Board of Education is harmful and why CPS needs an elected board.


You can watch the speech here.


Parent testimonies from July 2015 Board Meeting

Tori Bension- LSC Chair, Portage Park Elementary

My name is Victoria Benson LSC Chair from Portage Park Elementary

Our School will be taking over a $700,000 budget cut this year and we will be losing seven teaching positions.

This is in addition to the $900,000 we lost 2 years ago and Just in case you weren’t keeping track that means in less than 3 years we have lost nearly TWO MILLION DOLLARS.  This amount is about 25% of our original budget.

Special ed cuts- and resources if you need assistance

July 20, 2015

CPS has announced numerous cuts to special ed positions, and today we learned from Access Living that CPS is consolidating some self-contained classrooms and informing parents via letter that their children will start at a new school in the fall.

If you are a parent who needs assistance in this area, below are some resources:

Non-Profit Organizations

CPS Budget Informational Meetings Monday Night, 7/20/15

LSC Members received the following email and the attached documents regarding Budget Informational Meetings. There are three total meetings, happening at the same time, this Monday night from 6-7:30,

Dear  LSC Members, 

As a reminder, with the release of the 2015-2016 budget allocations to schools, the CPS Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be conducting three budget informational sessions on:

                                           Monday, July 20, 2015

RYH Survey: 2015-16 CPS Budget Cuts

As we’ve done in the past, we’ve created a survey to collect information on school-level budget cuts. We will not share information publicly about individual schools, so please make sure to fill this out or share with an LSC member at your school to fill out.


Budget Details by School

CPS released school-level budgets that specify which schools received cuts and which increases.  A sortable Excel file is attached as is a PDF version. The file identifies whether the cut came from changes in per-pupil funding or from other sources. 

RYH Testimony: Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force Meeting on 7-11-15

On Saturday, July 13, 2015, the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force (CEFTF) held a meeting. Raise Your Hand testified with many other parents, teachers, and community members and organizations. The below is the written testimony submitted to the Task Force by RYH.


Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force Meeting


Sat, 07/11/2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm


Hope Presbyterian Church
1354 West 61st Street
60608 Chicago, IL
United States

The below is from an email received from the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force (CEFTF):

Sign In/Registration begins at 9:30am.


Hope Presbyterian Church
1354 West 61st Street
60608 Chicago, IL
United States


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