The events of September have elevated discussion around public education in Chicago and Illinois. More parents than ever have become engaged in understanding the CPS system and funding issues facing us all. Stay involved! The issues raised in the media have been going on for years and are not new. They will not disappear overnight; we need to stay focused and connected to ensure we are getting the best public education for all our children.
- Illinois has seen $800 million in cuts to education since 2008.
- Illinois is 50th in the country in amount of funding states contribute to public education.
- At CPS, with no federal stimulus or TIF windfalls to bail us out, the 2013/14 school year is not looking good fiscally. In addition, pension payments are coming due next year and CPS has drained all of its cash reserves into this year’s budget. What’s at stake? Art, music, libraries, books, equipment and supplies, nurses, counselors, social workers.
Let’s get active together to make our voices heard! Our children's education depends on US.
Raise your Hand for Illinois is a 501(c)3 non profit run by CPS parents, focused on two key issues:
- an Elected School Board
- a graduated state income tax
The Center for Budget and Accountability states the case for implementing a graduated income tax in Illinois.
Ask your representatives why is Illinois last in funding public education?
Blaine neighborhood representatives:
Congressman Mike Quigley – 5th District: www.quigley.house.gov
State Rep Ann Williams – 11th District: www.repannwilliams.com
Senator John Cullerton – 6th Legislative District: www.senatorcullerton.com
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