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Record #: R2022-538   
Type: Resolution Status: Introduced
Intro date: 4/27/2022 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Education and Child Development
Final action:
Title: Call for hearing(s) on budget cuts to Chicago Public Schools
Sponsors: Rodriguez Sanchez, Rossana , Hadden, Maria E. , Taylor, Jeanette B. , Rodriguez, Michael D., Martin, Matthew J. , Sigcho-Lopez, Byron, Sawyer, Roderick T., Villegas, Gilbert, Ramirez-Rosa, Carlos, Lopez, Raymond A., Tabares, Silvana, Moore, David H., Brookins, Jr., Howard, Nugent, Samantha , Cardona, Jr., Felix , Vasquez, Jr., Andre, Cappleman, James, Osterman, Harry, La Spata, Daniel , Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Reboyras, Ariel
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Education and Child Development
Attachments: 1. R2022-538.pdf
Committee on Education and Child Development

WHEREAS, Chicago Public Schools are facing one of the biggest budget cuts in funds for core education in nine years; and

WHEREAS, The budget cuts are dramatic: $60,000,000 will be cut from the funds used to pay the salaries of teachers and staff, despite a contractual promise to increase salaries by 3.5%; $16,000,000 will be cut from equity grants earmarked for our smallest and most at risk schools; and
WHEREAS, The cuts are widespread as well, with about 185 of 515 noncharter schools facing reductions of more than $200,000 in the allocation that is used to pay for core instruction, with some schools potentially losing up to $500,000 in funding; and
WHEREAS, While CPS has adopted student-based budgeting, which provides schools with stipends for each student enrolled, there are concerns that this funding method could encourage competition between schools over students - thrusting the smallest and most vulnerable schools into a downward spiral of losing both students and funding; and
WHEREAS, While CPS has received $1.8 billion in federal COVID-19 relief money, the vast majority ofthe money is unspent and must be spent by 2024; and

WHEREAS, It is imperative that all Chicago schools have the resources to provide a proper education to all students; and

WHEREAS, The City Council should play a role in the oversight of Chicago Public Schools to ensure that the City's schools are providing the best education to all of Chicago's students and that the COVID-19 relief funds are allocated in an effective and equitable manner; now, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, That we, the Mayor and members of the City Council of the City of Chicago, gathered here this twenty-seventh day of April, 2022, do hereby call upon the Committee on Education and Child Development to convene a hearing regarding budget cuts to Chicago Public Schools; and


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