Tomorrow night at 6 PM, Barbara Byrd Bennett will be inside taking softball questions from the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board’s Bruce Dold at Chase Auditorium (10 S. Dearborn). Outside the auditorium, there will be a toilet paper drive for Chicago’s Public Schools whose budgets are squeezed so tight, they literally half to make a decision between teachers and toilet paper. It’s a great opportunity to make your voice heard about the unconscionable budgets that CPS has foisted on our schools.
“This is when we get back to the toilet paper issue. In many schools, including mine, there are no funds left for janitorial supplies – and this includes toilet paper.
This Tuesday, Chicago activists will gather toilet paper donations outside of an event where Barbara Byrd-Bennett, our schools chief, is proclaiming the benefits of her five year plan. What might seem juvenile to some is in fact a perfect metaphor for the disregard of human dignity – the Chicago Public Schools care so little about children that their basic needs are being neglected.”
“Two months after Billik’s ruling, Winston & Strawn held a fund-raising reception for Emanuel at which attorneys from the firm donated $22,500 to his campaign fund, according to state records. That’s on top of the $67,000 Winston & Strawn firm contributed to his mayoral bid two years earlier.”
“The LSC members, who help principals make financial decisions for schools, signed a letter outside CPS headquarters asking Madigan to audit the district’s budget, then shredded copies of proposed budgets for several CPS schools.”
“What we’re going to see is a degradation of education in neighborhood public schools, which is likely to result in even a widening of the inequalities that we already have in CPS,” said Pauline Lipman, professor of educational policy studies and director of the Collaborative for Equity and Justice in Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.”