Better School Funding NOW! Sign up now for Ralph Martire forum

Student at Chalkboard 4Sign up now for a lunchtime forum with Ralph Martire, director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CBTA).

  • When: Friday, October 11, 2013, noon to 1 pm
  • Where: 70 E Lake Street, Chicago (conference room)

Space is limited, so please sign up soon to find out what’s really going on in state school funding and what we can do about it.

Here’s what CBTA’s web site says about that:

Since the 1970’s, Illinois has struggled to solve its inequitable and inadequate school funding system: (i) three blue ribbon commissions have been formed; (ii) two state Supreme Court cases have been litigated; and (iii) numerous proposals to put band-aids on the existing system have been offered.  Unfortunately for the two million public school children in Illinois, all attempts have failed. 

Past attempts failed primarily for one reason – they did not recognize that the fundamental cause of the state’s inequitable, inadequate school funding system is the state’s antiquated fiscal system.  Until Illinois comprehensively fixes the way it raises the revenue that funds public services, education funding reform will continue to fail. 

CBTA recently released a critical analysis of the Chicago Public Schools’ 2014 budget, which opens with this statement:

In FY2013, Chicago Public Schools (CPS or “District”) embarked on its extended school day program. To support that program’s implementation, CPS funded an additional 1,075 teaching positions for the 2012-13 school year. At that time, many community organizations and parents questioned whether CPS could afford the true cost associated with the extended school day initiative. One year later, it appears those concerns were warranted.
This forum is the second meeting of Illinois Friends of Public Education, a new statewide group originally convened by Parent Across America with a lunch meeting last July featuring the wonderful Jim Broadway, publisher of State School News Service.


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