We are writing to ask for your help in our efforts to gain the attention and actions of the state elected officials who hold the keys to adequately funding our schools.
Recently a small group of parents representing a variety of grade levels and school organizations, including the Local School Council, the Parent Teacher Association and the Educational Foundation, met with Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool at the Lawndale Campus. During the meeting we shared the accomplishments of our students, teachers and parent organizations, as well as our desire to continue to provide an excellent education and supportive environment for our students. Our greatest concern is continuing this good work in light of the financial crisis facing the district and its possible impact on our school.
CPS is facing a $480 million dollar budget shortfall. We have become increasingly concerned that if the financial crisis is not addressed soon, difficult choices, such as closing programs, eliminating teacher positions and increasing class size in the middle of the school year, will have to be made. This will be disruptive and devastating to our school and the progress of our students.
We are asking you to please help by contacting our elected officials and encouraging them to take immediate action to address this crisis. Please ask friends and family to do the same. Attached is a sample letter that you can use to assist with your communication. Contact information for our state elected officials is provided below.
You can also visit cps.edu/takeaction to learn more about the budget crisis faced by our district and how you can help. Thank you for your support and joining me in advocating for brighter future for our students.
Sincerely, Christine Munns, Principal Sauganash Local School Council