Raise Your Hand is disgusted to learn that Chicago Public schools has laid off another 2000 teachers and staff bringing the total number of layoffs for the year to 3500. This news lies in stark contrast to the ongoing CPS rhetoric to minimize any impact of budget cuts on the classroom. Now CPS is claiming that there will be "winners and losers." Even if a few schools have been spared from these widespread and severe cuts, we believe that there are only losers in this scenario.
After rejecting the budget and deep cuts initially proposed by Chicago Public Schools, Bell Elementary School voted Monday night at a special Local School Council meeting to approve a “budget of choice” that would untie their principal’s hands but still send a message to the district.
The LSC, which ultimately approves the school’s budget and oversees the principal’s spending, also said it would not spend $100,000 recently offered by CPS, saying they didn’t know where the money was coming from.
CPS has increased the per pupil allocation for high schools by $40, as this letter explains.
Dear HS Principal,
We know that many of you are facing significant budget challenges this year in the wake of the District’s financial crisis. S faces a historic $1 billion deficit, and with the failure of pension reform in Springfield and three years of flat and declining revenues, this crisis has been brought to many of your doorsteps. Please know that we are using every tool we can to keep cuts as far away from our classrooms as possible so that every student can continue to experience the steady gains we have seen these past few years. While we have already cut $600 million since 2011 in central office, administrative and operations spending, and
Attend an aldermanic ward night and share info about the budget cuts in your ward. As you'll see, some have regular weekly open-door meetings and some have "by appointment" only meetings. Organize a group of parents and have them visit your alderman (and also state legislators) regarding the budget cuts.
1 Proco “Joe” Moreno
Tuesdays 4–7pm (2058 N Western Ave)
2 Robert Fioretti
Mondays 3–6pm (1319 S State St, suite A)
3 Pat Dowell
Thursdays 6–8pm (5046 S State St)
4 William Burns
Third Mondays 5–8pm (435 E 35th St)
We are continuing to compile a list of reported budget cuts from parents and LSC members at the school level. Note, these numbers are subject to change. Attached is our current list. Send us your info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are sharing a letter from the Edgebrook Elementary LSC to Mayor Emanuel and CEO Byrd-Bennett explaining why they rejected the draft budget they were given. Thanks to the Edgebrook LSC for sharing this letter with us and making it available to our parent network.
EDGEBROOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
LOCAL SCHOOL COUNCIL
6525 N. HIAWATHA AVE.
CHICAGO, IL 60646
Parent Rally to Restore Funding this Friday 6/21: 10am
CPS says cuts are not severe and are mostly staying away from the classroom. Are they looking at budgets from another school district? Did school closings actually add to the deficit? We don't know because the Board had no cost accounting when they voted to close the schools.