What's in the TIF pot?

Thanks to Christopher Ball and Daniel La Spata for working on this post.


TIF    Projection    Reports

Total Balance    -                              Jan. 2012      $1,028,019,600

Total Property  Taxes Collected (2012-2013)    $928,254,000

Total Revenue                                                         $1,956,273,600

Current Obligations    (2012-2013) -                   $1,001,110,500

Total Revenue less Current Obligations           $955,163,100

Visit your Alderman on Ward Night - discuss the budget cuts

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)

Blaine Principal's letter to parents on Per Pupil Funding System

 This letter is on the Blaine Elementary School website. Principal Troy LaRaviere shares his view of the new budgeting system at CPS:


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.


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