A Chicago Public Schools teacher-librarian asks, “How can my students reach their full potential without the full support of their own school district?”
CPS is proposing more than 200 schools receive budget cuts for the 2022 school year of more than $42 million, at a time when the district is sitting on billions in federal stimulus money. That’s just half a percentage point of the annual operating budget, or just 1.5 percent of the total $2.6 billion plus in federal COVID relief CPS has received since 2020.
CPS is set to receive an historic $2.6 billion infusion of federal dollars from three federal funding programs. And the City of Chicago will reap another $2 billion in COVID relief money, giving Mayor Lightfoot a record $4 billion that should be used to transform our schools and communities.
CTU leaders, City Council members, rank-and-file educators and community partners are holding an informational picket and press conference at 8:45 a.m. tomorrow at the Chicago Board of Education to present budget concerns around school staffing, capital improvements and long-term district sustainability.
Union leaders and educators will meet at 4 p.m. today at City Hall to present budget concerns around school staffing, capital improvements and long-term district sustainability.
How should CPS spend the extra $2.3 billion the district is receiving in pandemic relief funds from the federal government? To answer that question, a group of CTU members across the district is asking their students.
We remain committed to working with the mayor and her appointed Board of Education collaboratively, and we’ll continue to bargain with management to ensure that its promises become real in our schools and in our communities.