CPS Stakeholders Respond to Gov Rauner's 'Crumbling Prisons' Remark

The below was emailed today to those who signed up for our weekly email blasts:

Yesterday, Governor Rauner compared some CPS schools to 'crumbling prisons' in a speech downtown at 1871.

Parents and other CPS stakeholders quickly took to social media posting positive CPS school stories with the hashtag #notaprison resulting in over 4,000 tweets to @GovRauner in one day.

Events This Week!

There are a few events happening in the next few days in different parts of the city. Here's a list:

Thursday, June 9, 6:00pm, Vaughn High School, 4355 N. Linder Ave

CPS Budget Crisis Workshop
hosted by Parents 4 Teachers

"CPS is threatening budget cuts up to 40 percent if it doesn’t get help from Springfield. And there’s a real risk our schools won’t have the funds to open in the fall without drastic cuts.

Take Action Tuesday - 5/31/16

Dear Parents,

We need parents to take action Tuesday, May 31. Please visit your state legislators’ offices to push for revenue solutions to fund an education budget. Here are short answers to frequent questions:

“Why do this now?”
May 31st is a critical deadline in Springfield. While there are different education proposals floating around Springfield, there is likely nothing that is going to pass both chambers by the end of Springfield’s session, May 31st.

Legislators need to keep hearing from you.

Budget Crisis 2016: Town Hall Budget Meetings Hosted by CPS

By crowd sourcing on social media, our parent members have helped us compile a list of Town Hall Budget Meetings hosted by CPS. As of 10:30pm on Thursday, May 19, we here at Raise Your Hand could not locate a list on the CPS website (or find any of these meetings listed in their calendar located on their website) nor could we find a list of Town Hall Budget Meetings on any CPS social media. We will try to update as we receive information. Your best bet to find this information is via your school.

Monday, May 23, 7:00pm, Agassiz Elementary, 2851 N. Seminary

Save Our Schools 2016: Resources for Parents

Parents are learning of potential disastrous budget cuts coming for the 2016-17 school year. Below are links to resources that we've developed over the past year to help you understand how we got into this situation and to give you advocacy tools and ideas.

Please use these resources to educate other parents and concerned community members, then, let's work together to push for revenue and sustainable solutions for our kids, our schools and our district.

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