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We are at the CPS School Funding Forum at @MClarkEagles. Chief Equity Officer Swinney kicking it off. Ald Mitts here, several Network Chiefs & 2 #cpsboard members Truss & Todd-Breland. CPS budget director Lindahl speaking now.
There are a lot of people here. Parents, grandparents, teachers. We are given a packet of the slides. Every table has 8-10 people plus facilitator. I’d say there’s about 20 tables- hard to say
First 4 Slides. All CPS presentations now start w/ 5 Year Vision & Equity.
So there’s a school funding working group + these 6 forums. First one was last night. Schedule of forums in slide 3 here. Next meeting is this Sat at Corliss HS, 11am
Guiding questions & how our feedback will inform current & future work
Where does CPS get its funding?
IL state funding- it’s better but still inadequate. Like $2B inadequate.
How does CPS allocate its resources? First 2 slides - pensions
How does CPS allocate its resources? Next slides- central office & networks & schools
How does CPS fund schools? A historic timeline (followed by some explanation)
Before student based budgeting (SBB) CPS used the Quota Model. So this was before 2014.
Then, in 2014 CPS started SBB. Here’s it’s evolution...2014-2018 (1st 2 slides); 2019-20 “Modified SBB approach” (slides 3&4)
Variety of funding streams
Now we are looking at school resource allocations which vary based on school type & student demographics
Diff funding streams contribute to dff in per-pupil funding across schools. Despite this, all schools still need additional funding.
For the past 35 min we’ve been engaging in a small group activity.
First share out. If we had more resources? More student support: special needs, students that need extra help, more staff, etc. who’s missing from our table? Students (our table said the same)
Second group wonders how charters are funded and why aren’t they here? 3rd group wonders where is DFSS, Housing... all of these things impact our kids. City depts need to be here. 4th group’s big idea: more support for ppals to educate parents about schl budget.
Our group’s big idea/question: why hasn’t equity happened in CPS yet? Next group: “Analyze needs before budgets allocated.” Next group: transparency with allocation of resources. Ques: How do we trust equity now? (Within CPS; trust is lost.)
Next: Comprehensive needs assessment which is not just school level, but community level. Ques: what about the whole child? Where’s the Culturally relevant curriculum? Next group: what is the long term plan for fully funding children w/ special needs?
Next group: what about the Latino voice? Not one of these workshops is on the SW side. Next group’s big idea: Stop looking at our kids as money. 💰
Next: why aren’t students included in budget design instead of budget sign off?
Next: give more $ to students who need it most.
Next: use funds more efficiently & hold CPS accountable.
Every group said that students were missing from the table at this workshop. #studentvoice #youthvoice
Swinney closing up. This conversation will be ongoing. Yes, #youthvoice needed. Recognize we need a Bottom up solution design. Recognize capital improvements need to be part of convo. (3 #cpsboard members here: Truss, Todd-Breland, Revuluri)
CPS Budget Director Lindahl says they will have a survey & share the info collected at these workshops. Note: proposed fy2021 capital process below.
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