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‘Bus Tour for Fair Funding’ today to lay bare impact of CPS cuts

CHICAGO—The Grassroots Education Movement and Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) will join Chicago Public Schools parents and students, fair education advocates, and city and state legislators today for a bus tour of Chicago schools and communities hurt by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s chronic disinvestment and unwieldy borrowing schemes. Today’s tour takes place the same day Chicago Public Schools (CPS) principals are set to receive their budgets for the upcoming school year. Full itinerary below.

WHO:

 

Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey; Illinois State Representatives Jaime Andrade, LaShawn Ford, Sonya Harper and Theresa Mah; Chicago Aldermen George Cardenas, Ricardo Munoz and Carlos Rosa; parents, students, community residents and fair education advocates; and representatives from the Grassroots Education Movement.

WHAT:

 

Bus tour of neighborhoods destabilized by six years of economic strangulation in education funding.

WHEN:

 

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE:

 

The tour will begin at the CTU Center, 1901 W. Carroll Ave.

WHY:

 

Chicago’s public school students deserve adequately funded classroom services, a school system that respects and engages families and communities, and best practices and a commitment to adequately fund public education. Neighborhood schools in African-American and Latino communities should be anchors for civic engagement and long-term vitality, but instead suffer from chronic disinvestment as Mayor Rahm Emanuel has chosen to cut classroom funding, slash special education, shutter local schools and accrue growing debt at payday loan interest rates that place an even greater economic burden on struggling families and communities.

Neighborhood school gatherings, Bus Tour for Fair Funding: Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stops

  • Tour departs at 10 a.m. from the CTU Center, 1901 W. Carroll Ave.
  • 11:15 a.m.: Press availability at National Teachers Academy, 55 W. Cermak
  • 12:15 p.m.: Press availability at Uplift High School, 900 W. Wilson Ave.
  • 1 p.m.: Press availability at CTU Center

Full itinerary

  • Start at the CTU Center, 1901 W. Carroll Ave.—10 a.m.
  • Visit Dett Elementary School, 2131 W. Monroe St.—10:15 a.m.
    Dett Elementary School was a receiving school in 2013 for Herbert School, which was closed. Dett received “investments” as a receiving school. Since 2015 its budget has been cut by more than $900,000.
  • Visit locations along Fulton Market, Lake Street and Randolph Street corridors in the Central West tax increment financing (TIF) district—10:30 a.m.
    These sites are part of the “new” Chicago that has been built in recent years focused on tech professionals and millennials, receiving millions in property tax dollars diverted from CPS.
  • Visit locations downtown that have received TIF assistance despite already being very profitable companies, such as Miller-Coors, Boeing and United Airlines—11 a.m.
  • Visit National Teachers Academy, 55 W. Cermak, which is threatened with closure—11:15 a.m.
  • Pass by DePaul Stadium and Marriott Hotel site funded with $30 million in TIF dollars and arrive at Mollison Elementary, 4415 S. King Drive; discuss Mollison and Kenwood Academy cleanliness issues—11:30 a.m.
  • Drive up Lake Shore Drive to Uplift High School in Uptown at 900 W. Wilson Ave. and discuss issues there; visit the intersection of Montrose and Clarendon and see $16 million TIF-subsidized condo project and Stewart school which was closed, sold and is being converted to apartments—12:15 p.m.
  • Head back to the CTU Center—arrive by 1 p.m.
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