PSAT for 5-7-13: Say no to 36!

psat_logoWhen it come to class size, research shows that less really is more.

Raise Your Hand Illinois came to prominence in the spring of 2010 with their “Say No to 37” campaign, a protest against CPS plans to balance the budget by raising class size.

Now RYH is sponsoring a petition against the Chicago Public Schools space utilization formula used to declare dozens of schools “underutilized” and therefore in danger of closure this year. According to this formula, 36 children in a room is considered an “efficient” use of space, i.e. you can have 36 students in every homeroom in CPS and not be considered overcrowded. RYH charges that many of CPS’ plans for closings will lead to overcrowding next year.

The petition asks CPS to revise their space utilization policy.

For Public Schools Action Tuesday (a day early) please sign and share their petition.

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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.