Help fill the Capitol rotunda
Thursday, Feb. 27
11 a.m. Rally
Illinois State Capitol
We need to tell legislators that it's time Chicagoans have a voice in decisions regarding our schools and our children's education! Click here to express your interest in traveling with us to Springfield and to register. To download the flyer, please click here.
With the city-wide coalition Communities Organized for Democracy in Education (CODE), we’ll rally to show our forces and then spend the afternoon talking to state senators and reps, urging them to 1) support an elected representative school board and 2) end the Illinois State Charter Commission, which can approve new charters over the objections of local school districts, like CPS.
The mayor attended the official “groundbreaking” of the new Noble St. charter school—located in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood right across the street from Prosser High School. But the school was so sure it would get the green light from CPS that construction actually began a full week before the Board’s Jan. 22nd vote.
Noble is just one of seven new charters approved this year after a phony “community engagement” process that unearthed resentment towards charter operators and the CPS Board of Education in communities across the city. Read P4T parent Kate Goetz’s thoughts on the process, after she served on the sham Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) that reviewed the Noble St. plan.
The board’s charter expansion vote—coming after a record 50 school closings and over $160 million in budget cuts to schools—only reinforces our commitment to working for a school system that is accountable to the parents, teachers and students it serves. We will continue to push for an Elected Representative School Board (ERSB).
Scrap the ISAT
Sign and share the Scrap the ISAT petition. CPS has already announced that the ISAT will not be used for anything this year. Why should students and teachers waste valuable time preparing for and taking a meaningless test. And why should CPS waste some $18 million on it. Sign today!
In a failed effort to bribe parents into supporting the massive round of school closings--the most ever in the nation--CPS offered a slew of new programs, facilities and services to children at welcoming schools.
We'll be tabulating the data we receive about each school and working to hold CPS and the mayor accountable for the harm these destructive policies cause.
Read our fact sheet and parent checklist in English and Spanish, then call us to let us know how things are going at your school this year.