TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT CPS SCHOOL CLOSINGS

CPS claimed half of Chicago’s schools are “underutilized” and professed a need to “right size” the district and help address budget deficits. Parents are skeptical of these claims, with good reason. CPS is closing neighborhood schools, while opening new charter schools.

In the last 10 years, CPS has closed 100 neighborhood schools, primarily on the south and west sides of the city, while opening 60 private charter schools. This makes no sense. Here's the truth about school closings.

STRIKE CANCELED AFTER CPS, CTU REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENT

CTU Contract Demands for the City Chicago Students Deserve

The current Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) contract—agreed to after an eight-day strike in 2012—expired at the end of school last year. Teachers and CPS are now negotiating a new contract. The CTU’s contact demands include important services and supports for our classrooms, while CPS is asking for a 12 percent, $26,000, pay cut and threatening massive layoffs.

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CTU CONTRACT IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE CITY CHICAGO STUDENTS DESERVE

Chicago's teachers and CPS are negotiating a new contract. The Chicago Teachers Union’s contact proposals include important services and supports for our classrooms, while CPS is asking for a 7 percent pay cut and threatening massive layoffs. Since CPS is only required by state law to negotiate over pay and benefits, it falls on parents to make their voices heard and demand CPS address the needs of students, teachers and families during contract talks. Here's what parents and teachers are fighting for.

CTU CONTRACT IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE CITY CHICAGO STUDENTS DESERVE

Chicago's teachers and CPS are negotiating a new contract. The Chicago Teachers Union’s contact proposals include important services and supports for our classrooms, while CPS is asking for a 7 percent pay cut and threatening massive layoffs. Since CPS is only required by state law to negotiate over pay and benefits, it falls on parents to make their voices heard and demand CPS address the needs of students, teachers and families during contract talks. Here's what parents and teachers are fighting for.

Chicago Public Schools Students Deserve Progressive City Revenue, Not More Cuts

The new school budgets released by CPS last week continue the trend of balancing the budget on the backs of school children and teachers.

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Statement by Sarah Simmons, P4T member

My name is Sarah Simmons, and I work with Parents 4 Teachers and I'm a parent at Northside College Prep. I've been a CPS parent for 22 years and a resident of the 6th district for 22 years.

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CLASS SIZE DOES MATTER

Reducing class size is one of most effective ways to improve student achievement. But CPS refuses to even address the issue and, thanks to school closings, student-based budgeting and other wrong-headed policies, class size is ballooning across the district. P4T analyzed class size data from Fall, 2014, the most recent data available and found that nearly one-third of CPS's youngest students attend classes in excess of guidelines on class size. Read the report here.

The Truth about CPS School Closings

CPS claims half of Chicago’s schools are “underutilized” and as many as 80 of them may need to be closed to “right size” the district and help address a supposed $1 billion deficit. Parents are skeptical of these claims, with good reason.

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