July 17, 2012
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today reminded the public that it will host its first ever FY 13 budget tele-townhall on Wednesday, July 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The tele-townhall will provide an additional opportunity for parents, teachers and community stakeholders to learn about and comment on the District’s proposed budget. Those interested in participating in the tele-townhall must call (888) 886-6603 Ext.19457#. After considering community and stakeholder feedback the final budget will be presented to the Chicago Board of Education for a vote at its July 25 meeting.
“Much like community hearings, tele-townhalls provide us an opportunity to receive direct feedback from the community on issues that impact them,” said CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. “We strongly encourage the public to dial in to learn more, provide input and ask questions to CPS officials who played a role in creating the proposed budget.”
CPS recently unveiled its $5.162 billion proposed budget, which protects investments in students and programs that support student achievement even as the District faces serious financial challenges. The proposed FY 13 budget continues to invest in critical initiatives including:
- More than $130 million in new discretionary funding to give principals and school communities flexibility to create a quality Full School Day that best meets the academic needs of their unique student bodies
- Maintaining class size
- Meeting higher nutritional standards while realizing targeted savings and securing additional federal revenue
- Protecting investments in early childhood education despite a $19 million cut in state funding to continue serving over 42,000 students
- Maintaining full day kindergarten to continue serving over 17,000 students
- Expanding high quality school options to create nearly 6,600 new seats in high quality magnet, selective enrollment, charter, International Baccalaureate (IB), and Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs
In an effort to make the budget process more transparent this year, the Board of Education held three public hearings across the city on July 11 at Malcolm X College, Kennedy King College and Daley College to garner public input. Additionally, the District made the budget available for public review and comment on its website at www.cps.edu/budget. For the first time, the public is now able to utilize interactive tools for a more transparent understanding of the proposed budget. These interactive features allow users to more easily review all spending lines in the District’s budget, including school budgets, department budgets, salaries, positions, etc.
Chicago Public Schools serves 404,000 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.