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7A Thursday: Haines’ families join educators to demand reversal of mayor’s devastating school budget cuts

With schools currently funded at only 65% ‘adequacy’, mayor’s $60+ million budget cuts come as CPS sits on $1.4 billion in federal COVID relief dollars and low-balls scope of harm, which will force split classrooms, larger classes, less resources for students who...

Falling school enrollment driven by push-out of working class Black and Latinx families

City Hall has power to reverse hostility to needs of ordinary residents—and must muster political will to support real equity and economic justice. CHICAGO, November 8, 2019—Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today in...

Emanuel’s new bare-bones school budget fails to restore damaging cuts

“Mayor is again prioritizing paying bond holders who are laughing all the way to the banks they own – while continuing to harm our students by refusing to seek new revenue from those most able to pay,” say teachers. CHICAGO, April 17, 2018 – The new school...

Report: Emanuel’s new graduation requirements shortchange students while CPS undermines career/tech path to living wage work

CPS must reinvest in rather than continue to scale back career/technical ed programs, while mayor must abandon inequitable student-based budgeting scheme. Without progressive change, thousands could be denied chance to meet District’s new graduation mandates or access...