It was about a year ago that parents on the North Side representing many different schools gathered together to form the Raise Your Hand coalition. A multi-page list had gone out to every school from the CEO’s office detailing the devastating cuts that would occur if the state went through with their proposed $1.3 billion in cuts to education. Principals, teachers, and parents alike were in a state of panic at the threat of 37 children to a classroom and the loss of almost every program outside of reading, writing and math. Ron Huberman implored us to act, and act we did. Although, I’m not sure it was in quite the way CPS anticipated.
Every year there had been threats of budget cuts to our schools, but never on the scale of 2010. In prior years, parents had been so busy working to fundraise and improve their schools that either no one seemed to notice or think there was much we could do about it, other than continue to raise more money and make up for the losses. If there was any collective sense of activism about the sorry state of education funding, I wasn’t privy to it.