7 Days Until School Starts. Will the Mayor Restore Funding?

7 Days Until School Starts: Will the Mayor Restore Funding?

As we’ve stated, there is $162 million in cuts to traditional schools and an increase to charters of $85million

In addition to the:

90 positions cut in HS English

22  HS Social Studies

37 HS History

28 HS Librarians

21 HS Biology

6 HS Chemistry

3 HS Physics

10 HS Computer Ed

50 HS Math

And;

68 elementary schools that lost an art position

47  elems music

22  elems technology; and

51 elem librarians

11 Days Until School Starts: Will the Mayor Restore Funding?

In addition to the:

68 elem schools that cut a music position;

42 HS that cut 86 English positions;

51 elem schools that cut a librarian;

28 HS that cut a librarian;

47 elem schools that cut a music position; and

37 HS Science positions that were cut…

These Elementary Schools lost a Technology position:

12 Days Until School Starts: Will the Mayor Restore Funding?

12 Days until school starts: Will the Mayor Restore Funding?

In addition to the 68 elementary schools that lost an art position and the 42 high schools that lost 86 English positions, the 51 elementary and 28 high schools that lost librarian positions,  below are the elementary schools that lost a CPS funded music position and High Schools that lost a Biology and Chemistry position:

Elementary schools that lost a music position:

14 Days Until School Starts: Will the Mayor Restore Funding?

The city has options to help restore funding to our schools and it is unclear if they will do so with only two weeks left before school starts. Cuts to basic programs at CPS are staggering and we will be highlighting program cuts for the next two weeks looking at an elementary and HS programs each day.

We have been advocating together for a TIF surplus all summer and so far the Mayor has given no indication that he will return any of the unallocated TIF funds, which is property tax money that has been diverted from the schools and other taxing bodies.

Statement at Truman College Budget Hearing

Several RYH members spoke at the 1 Aug. budget hearing at Truman College. Here is the statement that was delivered on behalf of RYH, or what could be said in the 2 minutes allotted to speakers: 

A budget is a set of priorities and from this budget CPS has clearly decided that traditional neighborhood public schools are not a priority. 

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