Edgebrook Elementary LSC Letter to BBB-and Mayor on Rejecting the draft Budget

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

Rally to Restore Funding: Friday 6/21- 10am

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.

Press Release Sent 6/17 on Budget Cuts

School-Based Budget Cuts are devastating: Parent Group RYH is tracking the numbers

Despite CPS' contention that school-based budget cuts are “not severe,” Raise Your Hand parent members are reporting massive cuts in the hundreds of thousands  of dollars and even millions at some schools. Raise Your Hand is keeping a list of cuts and with just over 10% of schools reporting so far, there is a loss of just over $45 million.

Notes from a RYH Member who Attended BBB's 5 Pillars Talk at Westinghouse

There wasn't anything ground breaking or innovative in the 5 "pillars", as has been said they sounded more business/corporate like than educational.  The accountability she talked about is more than a little chilling, we really don't need more "accountability" but re-think what is already in place and make it smarter and less invasive and demoralizing to all. More freedom instead of less for teachers and administrators.

BBB tells everyone to move on, for parents it's not so easy

Barbara Byrd-Bennett says “It’s time to turn the page.”

http://www.wbez.org/news/cps-chief-%E2%80%98it%E2%80%99s-time-turn-page%E2%80%99-107401

“Whatever has happened this past year, it’s done,” Byrd-Bennett said Tuesday at a City Club luncheon.

Meanwhile parents are confused about the enrollment process, have been told they have until the end of this week to figure it out, and some welcoming schools are not even informed about their role in this process.

The Most Massive School Shutdown in History

We want to thank you for coming out over the past four months to advocate for parents, students and communities. As you have likely heard, CPS went through with the decision to close 50 neighborhood schools. There will be turnarounds and actions done on a total of 65 schools next year and 27,000 kids need to enroll in their new school by next Friday. Through this process we have had the pleasure of getting to know parents and/or staff from dozens of schools.

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