Ray LSC Chair Gordon Mayer shares why Raise Your Hand members should run for LSC
Parents, school teachers & other staff, and residents in the neighborhoods around each CPS school -- you have about a week to download the forms, fill 'em out, and file to run for LSC. As the chair of William H. Ray's Local School Council and a Raise Your Hand member, here's why I think you should do it:
The board voted to mandate daily PE for high schools and elementary schools yesterday. Many board members expressed concern that schools would have to make cuts in other areas as CPS is also asking schools to include 2 hours of arts instruction per week for students, yet they voted on the policy. The city will be using $21 million in TIF surplus funds to hire 84 PE and 84 art teachers to cover these mandates. But CPS cut roughly 180 arts teachers alone last year and the majority of schools could not offer 2 hours of arts instruction prior to these cuts.
RYH used the Apples 2 Apples database to produce the list of charter and contract schools that have open seats. We used the A2A database because it linked information about school status (open/closed/phase-out) with 2013-14 enrollment and ideal capacity figures.1 These are CPS-created figures, unadjusted by A2A or RYH.