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.
A small group of parents met with CPS and outlined the host of problems with PARCC, the general vagueness of any standardized assessment data in schools, and the general lack of "balanced assessment" in practice- meaning, when school leveling and educator evaluation is tied to standardized tests, that's where the focus shifts at the school level. Parents pointed out that the School Quality Rating Policy's (SQRP) NWEA MAP focus is not a true reflection of what is happening in our schools.
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We've compiled as many actions as we could find so you know all your options. We will update as we hear of more.
We've put together the attached handy-dandy palm card for you to pass out on Friday- wherever you are- in order to get people to make calls on the spot. We hope some of you will be able to make copies and ask folks to make phone calls on the TIF surplus, Elected Representative School Board (ERSB) and the opt-out bill.
A few Raise Your Hand parents spoke at the March unelected Board of Education meeting. The topics were financial responsibility, a needed district wide PARCC opt out policy that calls for families to be treated with kindness and respect, and the need for district stability.
Statement given by Jennie Biggs, CPS Mom & Raise Your Hand board member:
I’m a mom of 3 kids in CPS and a former teacher. I”m on the Board of RYH, and our group has worked on numerous education funding campaigns aimed at the state and city since we formed 6 years ago.
Even though no district or state across the country has lost money due to high opt-outs, and the majority of states have dropped the PARCC test, our state board of education has sent letters to certain districts that they will be doing an investigation and collecting “evidence” from school staff and even students, when appropriate regarding opt-outs.