Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will be holding a series of community meetings to discuss funding strategies that will help ensure schools have the resources they need to meet the changing demographics and needs of their students.
As part of their commitment to promoting greater funding equity, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS CEO Janice Jackson recently announced the district would begin a community process to identify potential opportunities to increase school funding.
The first of these six sessions will be held this week, with one scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 30th at Michele Clark High School. The meetings will help CPS’ School Funding Working Group evaluate potential adjustments to school funding and present formal recommendations to CPS leadership.
The workshops will provide community members and all interested stakeholders with an overview of CPS’ current funding methodologies and an update on capital projects and other aspects of the current FY2020 budget. Attendees will also be able to share the needs of their school community and offer suggestions on how to make the district’s school funding process more equitable, transparent and sustainable.
To learn more about the CPS budget, the public is encouraged to review the 2020 Resident’s Guide to the Budget and CPS’ FY2020 budget at cps.edu/budget.