RYH Town Hall Meeting on the CPS 2015-16 Budget

When: 

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Where: 

Eckhart Park
1330 W. Chicago
Chicago, IL
United States

Learn about the CPS Budget! Work on restoring funds and discuss moving towards sustainable solutions.

Scheduled speakers:

Amanda Kass, Research Director, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability

Rod Estvan, Education Policy Analyst, Access Living

 

 

Location

Eckhart Park
1330 W. Chicago
Chicago, IL
United States

$200M in cuts- Our Statement

We are alarmed but not surprised about the announcement today that CPS will be making $200M in cuts that will in part impact operations at the school level. This crisis has been years in the making, and while we could spend hours detailing all the terrible decisions that have been made along the way to get to this point, now is the time to push for sustainable solutions so that all parties – the state, city and CPS-can adequately address this situation and put our school district on a path towards health and not further austerity. 

RYH Statement to Chicago Board of Education

24 June 2015 - Testimony from Wendy Katten

Good evening. Regarding the horrible CPS fiscal situation we are in, RYH created a document with a list of multi-pronged solutions, as we know there is not one approach to fix this mess. The state, city and CPS all need to be part of the solution.  

The state hasn’t paid into the CTPF for over 25 years as it claimed it would do, and we are asking parents to call their legislators about this.

Statement on Springfield's refusal to pass CPS pension payment delay bill

6-23-15: Today the House failed to support a 6-week pension delay bill that both the CPS and CTU supported and the pension fund does not oppose and that would have allowed CPS to delay making their full pension payment until August. Even though this is not an ideal situation, we support this bill in conjunction with sustainable revenue from both the state and city. If the bill doesn't pass this month, it could harm CPS's credit rating and thereby magnify CPS's fiscal woes.

Visual map of where charters opened last year and the impact on budgets at nearby schools.

View an interactive map of where charter schools opened last year in Chicago, and the negative impact it had on neighborhood high schools here.

School Year 2014-2015 Wrap up!

We accomplished a lot together this year! Thanks to all of our volunteers who played a huge part in these accomplishments. Here's some of what we did this year:

-- Helped open up a discussion in Springfield about the impact that the overuse and misuse of standardized testing is having on the classroom and passed an opt-out bill in the House with a subject matter hearing in the Senate 

---Broadened our parent network to include many parents outside of Chicago in numerous districts

Join a Budget Squad this summer!

CPS faces a serious budget deficit again this year, but as we've stated there are many solutions to solving this and making sure that our classrooms do not receive cuts this fall.

Will CPS cut some of their unnecessary contracts? Will the city and state work together to make sure that our schools have the revenue they need to avoid cuts? 

We'll be doing some work this summer to ensure that our schools are not further harmed by budget cuts. Sign up here if you want to help in this effort.

City Club of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools: What Next?

When: 

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:30am to 2:00pm

Where: 

Maggiano's Banquets
111 W. Grand Avenue
60608 Chicago, IL
United States

RYH's Executive Director, Wendy Katten, joins Jitu Brown, Lauren Fitzpatrick, and Sarah Karp to discuss recent CPS events and discuss the direction of public education in Chicago.

To register or to read more about the panelists:

http://www.cityclub-chicago.org/events/detail/1017/chicago-public-school...

Location

Maggiano's Banquets
111 W. Grand Avenue
60608 Chicago, IL
United States

Solutions to CPS Budget Crisis

CPS has a serious deficit but there ​are solutions. There should be no talk ​of bankrupt​cy​ or a School Finance Authority​,​ which would likely make ​severe cuts and raise class sizes, as ​one​ did in the ​19​80s.
 
We need a multi-pronged​ set of solutions​,​ and we’ve come up with many levers that can be pulled to solve this crisis. Share the attached PDF document with your​ friends and elected officials. List of flagged contracts for review.

RYH Statement on new CPS Board Appointments - 6/3/15

We have a lot of concerns about the process used to select new members of the Board of Education. Mayor Emanuel, on his recent election, pledged to be a listener, a collaborator with the community. What happened to that promise? There has been no explanation of who these new CPS Board members are, why they were chosen, and what specific education expertise they would bring to the table. 

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