The State has been underfunding Chicago students for far too long, and the students, parents and educators deserve better.
Five families and the Board of Education have sued to declare the State’s separate and unequal education funding systems illegal under the Illinois Civil Rights Act.
Chicago students, who are overwhelmingly students of color, are learning in a separate but unequal system. The message from the State is that their educations matter less than children in the rest of Illinois, and that is morally and legally indefensible.
Since the state hasn’t ended its the separate and unequal education system in this State, Chicago is taking matters to the courts. This is a fight worth fighting – for our students, for the parents, teachers and staff that support them.
This isn’t just about fairness. This is about taking back the time, resources and opportunities an unfair system has stolen from Chicago schoolchildren of color.
In the days and weeks to come, we will continue to take the fight to Governor Rauner. But the battle begins with you, and with your family, friends and neighbors.
We need your help. We need your voice. And we’ve included some tools to help get your voice heard.
CPS Equality Toolkit - 3/1/17