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Record #: R2018-500   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 5/25/2018 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Education and Child Development
Final action:
Title: Call for hearing(s) on current and historical staffing of librarians, nurses, social workers and counselors in Chicago Public Schools and future needs and resources required to improve these essential services to Chicago Public Schools students
Sponsors: Waguespack, Scott, Sawyer, Roderick T.
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Education and Child Development
Attachments: 1. R2018-500.pdf
Related files: R2019-362
Committee on Education and Child Development
City Council Meeting May 23, 2018


WHEREAS, 371,382 students were enrolled at Chicago Public Schools at the start of the 2017-2018 school year; and

WHEREAS, 77.7% of those students are economically disadvantaged; and

WHEREAS, it is the legal and moral obligation of the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois to provide public education to all students; and
WHEREAS, the Chicago Public Schools are funded by taxpayers, with more than half of taxpayer dollars going to the Board of Education; and
WHEREAS, staffing deficiencies exist as it relates to librarians, nurses, social workers and counselors are rampant in CPS; and
WHEREAS, there are currently only 296 social workers at CPS to service the more than 371,000 students in CPS; and
WHEREAS, CPS currently employs only 109 occupational therapists to serve the students of CPS; and

WHEREAS, there are only 120 full-time nurses employed by CPS; and
WHEREAS, in 2017-2018 CPS budgeted for less than a third of the number of librarians staffed in the 2012 school year; and
WHEREAS, three out of four Chicago Public Schools do not have a librarian, with only 25 of 167 Chicago Public School staffing at least one full time librarian; and

WHEREAS, the total number of certified librarians at CPS is 40; and
WHEREAS, numerous studies show that students with access to a full-time librarians achieve better test scores in reading and writing than those students without access to librarians; and

WHEREAS, the American School Counselor Association recommends a student-to-student counselor ratio of 250:1, yet the current ratio of students to counselors in CPS is roughly 1000:1; and
WHEREAS, failure to provide school counselors disproportionately impacts first-generation and low-income students; and
WHEREAS, failure to provide students and staff with these supportive services is detrimental to education of students and the learning environment as a whole;


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