As we shared last week, CPS has proposals for 31 charters to open over the next two years, some in areas where schools just closed for “under-utilization.” District schools were cut by roughly $100 million this year, and given that CPS faces another near-billion dollar deficit, this will have a very negative impact on district schools. The Board vote on new charters is 1/22.
On Friday, as holiday celebrations were wrapping up in our schools and teachers and students were preparing for a two week break, Principals received a letter from CEO-Byrd Bennett to go in all backpacks urging parents not to opt-out of the NWEA test this Spring. In this letter, BBB acknowledged the right of parents to opt their kids out of testing but also warned that if they do their "child's future could be negatively impacted.." It's interesting that BBB informed all parents of their right to opt out: Likely, the majority of parents in the district did not know about this.
As we move into the holiday season and reflect upon all the things we are thankful for, we are grateful for you, our supporters and members who advocate for strong public education in Illinois. As you know, Raise Your Hand is a grassroots coalition of parents and concerned citizens who advocate with a powerful voice for quality public education. Today we are asking for your continued support to help strengthen our movement by making a donation to our end-of-the-year fundraising campaign.