Dear Farnsworth Parents, Families and Community Members,
As you are aware, CPS is in the midst of a financial crisis. Last week, CPS leaders, the CPS community and local faith leaders stood up to start a grass roots effort to raise awareness about our funding inequity and to demand equal funding from our lawmakers. CPS students make up 20% of the students in the State of Illinois; Chicago residence contribute 20% of the income tax revenue that funds public education; however, our CPS children receive ONLY 15% of the education funding from the State of Illinois. The missing 5% is $500 million this year alone. This is enough to help us out of this financial crisis.
CPS receives $.74 cents per student from the State of Illinois, compared to $1 dollar per student received by every other district in the state. Governor Rauner’s proposed budget for next school year contains an additional $74 million dollars in cuts to our funding, lowering our per student amount to $.69 cents per student. Our elected representatives must vote ‘NO’ to this budget.
Without funding reform, Farnsworth School faces cuts that will impact students and classrooms. For example, we will face larger class sizes, potential elimination of some of our arts programs, and less resources and supports for our students.
We cannot let this happen.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
*Visit cps.edu/equality and use the forms and links to contact ALL of our elected officials. The website makes it simple to do, and will not take much time. We cannot stress how important this is to our school and our children.
Our children deserve our support. Thank you in advance for your efforts in securing equal funding for the children of Farnsworth School and the City of Chicago.
Principal Barbara E. OKen
Assistant Principal Julie M. Walsh
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