SPRINGFIELD: Chicago Teachers Union Members Tell Governor and Lawmakers to Fully Fund Evidence-Based Formula for All Illinois Schools

DAY OF CONTACT: H Kapp-Klote 785-331-9039, hkapp-klote@ctulocal1.org

CHICAGO, IL— Hundreds of CTU members and parents are in Springfield today along with officials from Chicago Public Schools and the Board of Education to urge lawmakers to fully fund our schools.

For decades, classrooms throughout this state have been underfunded, forcing educators to do more with less as the state has failed to fully fund CPS and every school district in Illinois. According to the Evidence-Based Formula, Illinois’ school funding model, we are short $1.1 billion in Chicago. This funding is especially critical as schools across the district face cuts in CPS’ 2024-2025 budget that could harm staffing, class size, and student support in many schools.

Federal funding during the pandemic covered for the state where it fell short of fully funding our school district. In that time, Chicago was recognized for having some of the highest recovered reading scores of any city in the country post-pandemic. We will lose these gains if there is no response from Springfield.

Gov. Pritzker and lawmakers must honor their commitments to Chicago students by prioritizing the full funding our schools deserve in this year’s budget.

6:15 AM Camera Availability at 1901 W Carroll (Chicago)

10:30 AM CTU Buses arrive in Springfield

11:30 AM CTU Press Conference in Room 100

Follow along with members as they share their stories on social media with the hashtags #FullyFundCPS and #WhatMySchoolNeeds


The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 30,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the more than 300,000 students and families they serve. The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and is the third-largest teachers local in the United States. For more information please visit the CTU website at www.ctulocal1.org.