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CPS Launches School Funding Public Forums to Highlight School Budgeting Process

02 December 2021

Online Community Meetings to Provide an Overview of CPS' Funding Methodologies and Offer an Opportunity to Participate in Facilitated Small Group Discussions

CPS Office of Communications

Phone: 773-553-1620
Twitter: @chipubschools
Facebook: chicagopublicschools

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today announced a public engagement plan as it develops the FY2023 budget. The District will host two virtual School Funding Public Forums to engage the community around the District’s school budgeting process.

“School financing is complex but we need to make the District's finances and school budgeting as transparent and accessible as possible for all Chicago residents,” said CPS CEO Pedro Martinez. “We hope these forums will serve as one way we achieve that goal.”

The sessions will provide an overview of CPS' current funding methodologies and other aspects of the current FY2022 budget, and an opportunity to participate in facilitated small group discussions. The discussions will focus on hearing the needs of school communities and suggestions on how to make the District’s school funding process more equitable, transparent, and sustainable.

The virtual forums will be held on the following dates:

Tuesday, December 7, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 9, 4 p.m.- 6 p.m.

To log onto the forums, interested parties can complete the registration form.

Community feedback will provide a vital contribution to the FY2023 budget. Prior year public feedback helped inform the District’s investments in equity grants, funding adjustments to address pandemic-related enrollment impacts, and resources to support the safe return to full in person learning.