Jan. 7th, 2013
Dear Supporters of Great Public Schools for ALL STUDENTS:
Jackie L here with the first of my personal and informal updates and some shared news of the New Year.
2013 may very well be the year in which we reach a “tipping point” in terms of access to great neighborhood public schools. ARE YOU READY TO GET INVOLVED?
CEFTF LAUNCHES “SECOND SATURDAYS” COMMUNITY HEARINGS
While CPS and the Mayor got their postponement for announcing proposed School Closings – now not until 3/31/13 – the General Assembly’s School Facilities Task Force is determined to get all stakeholders’ input. Every “Second Saturday” through April, the CEFTF will hold Community Hearings in various neighborhoods – the first is THIS SATURDAY, Jan. 12th. Please see the attached Fact Sheet, and feel free to adapt it for your organization, CAC, or LSC to distribute – AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE.
If your school is anywhere on Chicago’s West Side, near northwest side, North Lawndale . . . this is a “MUST” for your weekend schedule:
CEFTF COMMUNITY HEARING
SATURDAY, JAN. 12TH, 2013 – 10 AM
NEW MOUNT PILGRIM BAPTIST CHURCH
4301 W. WASHINGTON BLVD, CHICAGO
(Lower Level Fellowship Hall)
“YOUR VISION FOR THE 10-YEAR EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES MASTER PLAN”
Educators, parents, and community members have been “thinking forward” about how to preserve, improve, and strengthen your neighborhood public schools. The CEFTF wants to hear about these PLANS – DIRECTLY FROM YOU.
Meeting locations for Feb. 9th, March 9th, and April 13th
should be confirmed soon. You can email the CEFTF if you want to be notified of future “SECOND SATURDAYS” in other communities: firstname.lastname@example.org
MEDIA – AND STAKEHOLDERS – CONTINUE TO RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT CPS’ “Utilization Commission” and “Fuzzy Math”
RAISE YOUR HAND testified to the Dec. 13th, 2012 CEFTF meeting, challenging CPS’ fuzzy math and flawedassumptions about what constitutes “under-utilization”. Read their full report, and find their Class Size Analysis at:
Here are links to just a few of the stories that have been in the media, challenging the notions that: (a) The CPS/Emanuel Utilization Commission is “independent” and just “trying to build trust” and get “community input”:
Document Shows Emanuel had Detailed School Closing Plan
Consultants with ties to mayor help school closings panel:
Curtis Black, Community on the “rapidly shrinking space utilization crisis”
Chicago Public Radio’s “TRUTH SQUAD”:
OTHERS SHARING THEIR ACTIONS
The Lawndale Alliance and the Progressive Action Coalition in Education (PACE) have launced TWO PETITION CAMPAIGNS. Learn more . . .
Petition to President Obama to stop policies that promote mass closings of public schools while expanding charters.
Petition to the Governor and Illinois Legislature to create an education facilities planning board.
Tools to “WALK THROUGH” YOUR SCHOOL and really “SEE” it: Blocks Together, and LSCs and community groups across the city are doing their own “fact checking” and walking through their neighborhood schools to document how schools are really making use of the spaces they have. See the attached survey - do your own “reality check”.
2013: A year of uncertainty and big challenges ahead . . .
Hope that everyone will help raise your voices at the CEFTF “Second Saturdays” Hearings,