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.

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.


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.

$1.1 Billion Deficit + 32 New Schools = CPS Plan?

Per IL law, CPS must issue a Request for Proposals for new schools every year. Currently, there are 20 proposals for new charter school locations in Chicago as well as 12 proposals for alternative schools. There is a complete list of submitted proposals AND their proposed targeted communities as well as links to the proposals themselves. These schools, if approved, would open in the Fall of 2016 or 2017.

Since 2012, CPS enrollment has dropped by over 7,000 students.

Confused notions of school choice

The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools is rallying parents around Chicago and Illinois today for “school choice.” A document on its website has the puzzling statement that “Parents should be given the ability to choose the education best suited to their child’s needs and desires.” Parents have long held the right to choose what they believe to be the best education for their children in Illinois and across the country.

What Counts at CPS, and Who's Counting?

Guest Blog Post by Neighborhood school parent and RYH volunteer Karen McKeegan Fraid

What Counts at CPS, and Who's Counting?

At the August 27th Board of Education Meeting, Chicago was given a gift. Buried in the recording available here, in Part 2, just after the 23 minute mark, a member of the Board uttered what can best be described as a disturbing window into the Board’s internal mission statement.

Testimony for the Chicago Board of Education from Kathleen Sullivan, parent of a 6th grader with autism at consolidated Lowell school – June 25, 2014

After hearing that CPS recently graded themselves an “A” on school closings, I’d like to issue my own grade of an F as a parent of a child who was actually subjected to the trauma of a school closing and relocation. Please allow me to explain.


What They Tell Us About School Choice is Wrong: Fear and Loathing in the CPS Kindergarten Selection Process by Eric and Karen Reyes

According to Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing is a state inspired by the prospect of dealing with certain real-world systems and standards that are totally brain-damaged but ubiquitous.

Increase Per Pupil Funding - Sign Our Petition

Sign our petition to increase per pupil funding. Schools are being asked to do more next fall without the funding to make it happen. Daily PE and increased arts are great goals but can't be done without the money to make it happen. We need sustainable and improved funding so that all children in Chicago can have access to a well-rounded education.



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