Press Release Sent 6/17 on Budget Cuts

School-Based Budget Cuts are devastating: Parent Group RYH is tracking the numbers

Despite CPS' contention that school-based budget cuts are “not severe,” Raise Your Hand parent members are reporting massive cuts in the hundreds of thousands  of dollars and even millions at some schools. Raise Your Hand is keeping a list of cuts and with just over 10% of schools reporting so far, there is a loss of just over $45 million.

Notes from a RYH Member who Attended BBB's 5 Pillars Talk at Westinghouse

There wasn't anything ground breaking or innovative in the 5 "pillars", as has been said they sounded more business/corporate like than educational.  The accountability she talked about is more than a little chilling, we really don't need more "accountability" but re-think what is already in place and make it smarter and less invasive and demoralizing to all. More freedom instead of less for teachers and administrators.

BBB tells everyone to move on, for parents it's not so easy

Barbara Byrd-Bennett says “It’s time to turn the page.”

“Whatever has happened this past year, it’s done,” Byrd-Bennett said Tuesday at a City Club luncheon.

Meanwhile parents are confused about the enrollment process, have been told they have until the end of this week to figure it out, and some welcoming schools are not even informed about their role in this process.

The Most Massive School Shutdown in History

We want to thank you for coming out over the past four months to advocate for parents, students and communities. As you have likely heard, CPS went through with the decision to close 50 neighborhood schools. There will be turnarounds and actions done on a total of 65 schools next year and 27,000 kids need to enroll in their new school by next Friday. Through this process we have had the pleasure of getting to know parents and/or staff from dozens of schools.

FOIA shows CPS Board Members had no financial data on savings to shutter 50 public schools

Major Findings from Freedom of Information Request (Chris Ball) Regarding School Closure Data


Background: CPS never assembled data explaining how the 129 schools it originally considered for closure were determined.

Also, there was no information on actual classroom use entered into the hearing records. 


BBB tells Principals any school with "space" is a welcoming school

Attached is a letter that went to all Prinicpals yesterday (5/17/13) about the enrollment process for school closings.  In it CEO Byrd-Bennett tells Principals that any district school "with space" must take students who want to enroll from closing schools. 

"CEO Byrd-Bennett has stated that students from sending schools and welcoming schools that are relocating can attend any school in the district that has capacity. Capacity is based on the grade level analysis we worked on with principals."

Sign Our Petition: No to 36 and Mass School Closings

The Chicago Public Schools Space Utilization formula allows for 36 kids in a room as an "efficient" use of space. You can have 36 kids in every homeroom in CPS and not be considered overcrowded. Many of CPS' plans for closings will lead to overcrowding next year. We want CPS to revise their space utilization policy. Please sign and share this petition.


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