We've compiled as many actions as we could find so you know all your options. We will update as we hear of more.
We've put together the attached handy-dandy palm card for you to pass out on Friday- wherever you are- in order to get people to make calls on the spot. We hope some of you will be able to make copies and ask folks to make phone calls on the TIF surplus, Elected Representative School Board (ERSB) and the opt-out bill.
A few Raise Your Hand parents spoke at the March unelected Board of Education meeting. The topics were financial responsibility, a needed district wide PARCC opt out policy that calls for families to be treated with kindness and respect, and the need for district stability.
Statement given by Jennie Biggs, CPS Mom & Raise Your Hand board member:
I’m a mom of 3 kids in CPS and a former teacher. I”m on the Board of RYH, and our group has worked on numerous education funding campaigns aimed at the state and city since we formed 6 years ago.
Even though no district or state across the country has lost money due to high opt-outs, and the majority of states have dropped the PARCC test, our state board of education has sent letters to certain districts that they will be doing an investigation and collecting “evidence” from school staff and even students, when appropriate regarding opt-outs.
Yesterday in his budget address, Governor Rauner said that CPS students are getting way more than their fair share of education funding. We need you to call him today to clear things up. Here are some things he didn’t mention:
While the TIF surplus resolution introduced by Alderman Ramirez-Rosa was unfortunately sent to the Finance committee this week without debate, another resolution that calls for a TIF surplus and discussion of sustainable revenue was introduced by Aldermen Pawar and Ramirez-Rosa. This one calls on Aldermen to work with the City Budget Office to identify TIF money in their wards that can be sent back to CPS (surplused).