PSAT for 7-10-12: More reasons for an elected school board

The leadership of the Chicago Public Schools has once more shown its utter disrespect for our communities by announcing a nonsensical budget on a Friday evening and then scheduling hearings all on one day, 5 days later.

No matter that this violates the law by missing the June deadline, as Substance News points out.

No matter that they have ended what had become some sort of a tradition of opening the budget hearings at Lane Tech High School, which usually drew the largest crowd of any of the hearings.

No matter that they can’t explain the budget in a way that makes sense to anyone — for example, why do all the administrators from Brizard on down get the same 2% raise even though they are not being asked to work even 2% more time, in contrast to the extra 20% of time teachers are being asked to put in for their 2%?

Still, even as planned, the hearings do provide a rare opportunity to speak out about CPS issues without having to get up before dawn and listen to interminable dog-and-pony shows until you finally get a possible chance to speak for 2 minutes sometime after noon at a monthly Board of Education meeting.

The CPS budget proposal is here.

All hearings are tomorrow, Wednesday, July 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Registration is from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Malcolm X College, Bruce K. Hayde Center, 1900 W. Van Buren
Kennedy-King College, The Great Hall, 740 W. 63rd Street
Daley College, Theatre, 7500 S. Pulaski

Now, here are two other things to do that might make for a better budget NEXT YEAR or soon after!

1) Attend and show your support for the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force hearing which has called CPS CEO Brizard to testify.

  • THURSDAY, JULY 19TH, 2012
    6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    at the “UIC FORUM” of the University of IL at Chicago
    725 W. Roosevelt Road (southeast corner of the intersection of Roosevelt/Halsted) in MEETING ROOMS D-E

2) Help pass petitions for an elected school board in Chicago: Message from Parents 4 Teachers’ Howie Emmer

“Can you help my organization, Parents 4 Teachers, and CODE (Communities Organized for Democracy in Education) collect signatures to place a referendum for an elected Chicago school board on the November ballot? The campaign deadline is July 31 and we need your support as we make a final push.

“You can join P4T as we canvass once a week for the rest of July in 3 neighborhoods according to the following schedule : Tuesdays in W. Rogers Park, Wednesdays in Logan Square, Thursdays in West Town near Chicago and Damen, 6:30-8:30 pm. Please contact me for meeting location information. OR you can gather a few neighbors and collect signatures in your precinct. Once you collect the number of petition signatures that equals 16% of the registered voters in your precinct, you’re done! This is very doable. We can tell you the exact number of signatures you have to collect and provide you with the necessary materials.

“We need a school board that offers a high quality rich educational experience to ALL of Chicago’s children and young people! An Elected Representative School Board is a requisite step.”

Howie Emmer  <>

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Julie Woestehoff is PURE's executive director. Julie's work has earned her a Ford Foundation award and recognition as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Chicago.