Properly Resourced Schools
As your 20th Ward Alderman, I'll immediately institute a monthly task force meeting with 20th Ward Principals about needed CPS resources so we offer “properly resourced” schools.
20th Ward neighborhoods have experienced significant population loss starting in the 1960s thru the present. Communities such as New City/Back of the Yards saw a 14.2% reduction in population between 2000 and 2010: Englewood’s population saw a 23.85% reduction during this same period. CPS’ shrinking enrollment is one of the consequences of outmigration. I implore us to look at more than CPS' budgetary constraints tied resulting from issue.
Higher rates of population loss in 20th Ward runs a fowl with 20th Ward families' fundamental right to access schools where children receive the best education possible. I recommend we shift our conversation/focus to also weigh in “properly resourced” schools. This can help CPS, parents & stakeholders outline nuanced strategies that bridge the divide between high performing schools vs underperforming schools while grappling with CPS' budgetary limitations.