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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

 

 

RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A HEARING ON BUDGET CUTS IN CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we call upon Chicago Public Schools CEO, Pedro Martinez, and Chicago Board of Education President, Miguel Del Valle, to testify at the hearing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maria Hadden Alderwoman, 49th Ward

 

 

I Jeannette Taylor Jderwoman, 20th Ward

 

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