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Budget 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues

Update (11/5/2019)

The text below reflects the FY2020 original budget that was approved by the Board of Education on August 28, 2019. For details on the FY2020 amended budget, please follow this link. Additionally, the amended budget information is reflected in the Interactive Reports feature found on the left-hand toolbar.

Thanks to the diligent work of our educators, the commitment of our families, and the support of our community partners, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students are progressing at an unprecedented rate and making record-breaking academic gains. Our district is privileged to be working with the Honorable Lori E. Lightfoot, Chicago’s first female African-American mayor, to propose a budget for FY2020 that reflects our continued financial stability and invests responsibly in the programming, technology, and infrastructure that drives equitable student success.

CPS’ proposed FY2020 budget is aligned with our new Five-Year Vision, which builds on our commitments to academic progress, financial stability, and integrity. The district’s first Equity Office, which we established in 2018, played an integral role in developing this budget — ensuring every decision we made was filtered through an equity lens. With over $3.8 billion designated for school budgets, we are confident that the following investments will move us toward our goal of bridging the opportunity gap that remains for our students of color, limited-income students, English Learners (ELs), and diverse learners:

  • CPS is providing $31 million in equity grant funding for 219 elementary and high schools with low or declining enrollment. This ensures that students in these schools receive the same world class education as their peers attending larger schools.
  • We are allocating $12 million in funding to provide our ELs with a high-quality bilingual education that supports their needs and celebrates the rich heritage they bring to our schools.
  • As part of a new, equitable program application that allows school leaders and their communities to apply for academic programs that best suit their needs, CPS is investing $5 million this year to provide 32 schools with new programming such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), International Baccalaureate, and dual language.

In addition to school budgets, the FY2020 budget includes $619 million in guaranteed capital investments that will ensure our highest-need communities have access to cutting-edge technology and modernized facilities that support educating the whole child. Specific investments include:

  • $280 million to complete maintenance projects and interior improvements, ensuring students in all parts of the city can learn and grow in high-quality learning environments. This investment also includes $10.5 million to kick off a five-year plan to ensure the first floor of every CPS school is ADA accessible for all students and adults with disabilities.
  • $85 million to increase Internet bandwidth and purchase technology that supports student learning.
  • $45 million to upgrade playgrounds, install athletic fields, and create learning gardens around the district.
  • $30 million to build state-of-the-art high school science labs, ensuring every HS in the District has one.

The capital budget also includes an additional $202 million in potential external funding, including $191 million in potential state funding that was approved this spring as part of a six-year, $45 billion state capital bill. These funds will be allocated to specific projects selected by the state as funding is made available over the next six years.

This budget also takes a significant step toward our pledge to provide all four-year-olds in Chicago with access to free full-day Pre-K by 2021. Research shows that students who attend Pre-K outperform their peers in elementary school, and we are investing $27 million in school-based funding to expand Pre-K access this fall to up to 2,800 students in high-need communities. And to ensure that schools are equipped with modern Pre-K classrooms that will help our students build the skills they need to succeed, we are investing $120 million in capital funding to build Pre-K classrooms throughout the city, which is the district’s largest-ever single-year Pre-K facility investment.

Our proposed budget for FY2020 gives our school communities the resources they need to continue the incredible academic progress they have made in recent years. We are confident these investments will help move our district forward and go a long way toward supporting the incredible educators, students, and families who have made CPS a national leader in urban education.

Sincerely,

Janice K. Jackson signature

Janice K. Jackson, EdD
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools

Public Hearings on Proposed Amended FY2020 Budget

November 12, 2019

Amended Budget Hearing
Hearing time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where:
Chicago Public Schools Loop Office
Garden Level, Board Room
42 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60602

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November 12, 2019

Amended Budget Hearing
Hearing time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Registration: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Where:
Chicago Public Schools Loop Office
Garden Level, Board Room
42 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60602

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Public Hearings on Proposed FY2020 Budget

August 20, 2019

Proposed Budget Hearing
Hearing time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where:
Chicago Public Schools Loop Office
Garden Level, Board Room
42 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60602

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August 20, 2019

Proposed Budget Hearing
Hearing time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Registration: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Where:
Chicago Public Schools Loop Office
Garden Level, Board Room
42 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60602

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Public Hearings on FY2020 Capital Plan

August 21, 2019

Capital Plan Hearing
Hearing time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Registration: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Where:
Amundsen High School
5110 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

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August 21, 2019

Capital Plan Hearing
Hearing time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Registration: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Where:
Whitney Young High School
211 S. Laflin St.
Chicago, IL 60607

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August 21, 2019

Capital Plan Hearing
Hearing time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Registration: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Where:
Morgan Park High School
1744 W. Pryor Ave.
Chicago, IL 60643

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