Top 10 Reasons Why Chicago Needs an Elected Board of Education

On August 6, 2015, Representative Martwick filed HB4268. This Bill would change IL law and allow Chicago to have an elected representative school board. Currently, this Bill has 44 sponsors.


Statement from North Side NAC re: Intrinsic Charter

We received the below information from a member of the North Side Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC). Each NAC is hosting a public community meeting next week. The North Side NAC's meeting is Wednesday, August 12, from 6:00-8:00pm, unless Intrinsic withdraws their proposal as the NAC requested. 


The statement was signed by 24 members of the NAC (unofficial count of participants is 30).


NAC Community Meetings: Next Week!- UPDATED

UPDATED on Monday, August 10:

On Thursday, August 6, CPS put out this press release with information on the NAC Community meetings hosted during this current week. 


Here's the information you need on these meetings:

CPS Students for an Elected, Representative School Board

Charles Kotrba is a rising senior at Whitney Young, and a member of Chicago Students Union, an entirely student run organization dedicated to representing the CPS student voice.

Recently, Charles gave a soap box speech in Daley Plaza and explained how the
appointed CPS Board of Education is harmful and why CPS needs an elected board.


You can watch the speech here.


Parent testimonies from July 2015 Board Meeting

Tori Bension- LSC Chair, Portage Park Elementary

My name is Victoria Benson LSC Chair from Portage Park Elementary

Our School will be taking over a $700,000 budget cut this year and we will be losing seven teaching positions.

This is in addition to the $900,000 we lost 2 years ago and Just in case you weren’t keeping track that means in less than 3 years we have lost nearly TWO MILLION DOLLARS.  This amount is about 25% of our original budget.

Special ed cuts- and resources if you need assistance

Click here to view the Spanish version.

Getting a proper IEP in CPS can be difficult, and making sure the IEP is implemented can also be challenging. If you are having problems, below is a list of resources - from advocates who may be able to attend IEP meetings with you, to attorneys, who may be able to help if you are unable to resolve the issue via going up the chain of command at CPS.

Non-Profit Organizations


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