Today, we are pleased to announce that the Chicago Board of Education approved our proposed budget for FY2020 that
reflects our continued financial stability and invests responsibly in the programming, technology, and infrastructure that drives equitable student success
Aligned to our new , this budget builds on our
commitments to academic progress, financial stability and integrity. The district’s first Equity Office, which we established in 2018, played an integral role in developing this budget — ensuring every decision we made was filtered through an equity lens.
With over $3.8 billion designated for school budgets we were able to make significant
investments that move us toward our goal of bridging the opportunity gap that remains for our students of color, limited-income students, English Learners (ELs), and diverse learners:
- The district has committed to expanding staffing levels for key support roles over the next five years, and the FY2020 budget allocates $10 million to add 95 additional nurses, social workers, and case managers. The following positions will be prioritized for the district’s highest-need schools to help ensure equitable access to student supports.
- CPS is providing $31 million in equity grant funding for 219 elementary and high schools with low or declining enrollment. This ensures that students in these schools will
receive the same world class education as their peers attending larger schools
- We allocating $12 million in funding to provide our ELs with a high-quality bilingual education that supports their needs and celebrates the rich heritage they bring to our schools,
- As part of a new, equitable program application that allows school leaders and their communities to apply for academic programs that best suit their needs, CPS is investing $5 million this year to provide 32 schools with new programming such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), International Baccalaureate, and dual language.
In addition to school budgets, the FY2020 budget prioritizes $619 million in capital investments for more than 300 schools that will ensure our highest-need communities have access to cutting-edge technology and modernized facilities that support educating the whole child Specific investments include:
- $280 million to complete maintenance projects and interior improvements, ensuring students in all parts of the city can learn and grow in high-quality learning environments. This investment also includes $10.5 million to kick off a five-year plan to ensure the first floor of every CPS school is ADA accessible for all students and adults with disabilities
- $85 million to expand access to high speed internet and purchase technology that supports student learning
- $45 million to upgrade playgrounds, install athletic fields, and create learning gardens around the district
- $30 million to build state-of-the-art high school science labs
This budget also takes a significant step toward our pledge to provide all four-year-olds in Chicago with access to free full-day Pre-K by 2021 by investing $120 million in capital funding to build Pre-K classrooms throughout the city, which is the district’s largest-ever single-year Pre-K facility investment.
The capital budget also includes an additional $202 million in potential external funding, including $191 million in potential state funding that was approved this spring as part of a six-year, $45 billion state capital bill. These funds will be allocated to specific projects selected by the state as funding is made available over the next six years
We are confident these investments will help move your school and our district forward to and
go a long way toward supporting your incredible educators, students, and families who have made CPS a national leader in urban education.
|Lori E. Lightfoot|
Mayor of Chicago
|Janice K. Jackson, EdD|
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools