CHICAGO – Concerned that not all students are receiving the quality education they deserve, state Rep. La Shawn K. Ford, D-Chicago, has introduced legislation calling for an audit of Chicago Public Schools (CPS), focused on students who have not returned since the resumption of in-person learning, the effects of CPS’ 2013 mass closures targeting historically underserved communities, and equity in CPS’ distribution of state funds.
“Nothing impacts a child’s outlook on life as much as their education experience,” Ford said. “And right now, too many parents are rightfully concerned that their children are not receiving the instruction and attention they deserve. I’m alarmed at reports of long-term teacher vacancies, failed health inspections, limited access to e-learning materials and other problems that are plaguing the district. It’s time to have a neutral party review what’s going on at CPS.”
Ford has submitted House Joint Resolution 95 for consideration, urging the Auditor General to look at CPS’ work on a number of topics – including whether or not some schools are receiving more resources than others, dropout rates, and the consequences of large school closures in 2013. The resolution also aims to look at the district’s existing efforts to assist students negatively affected by the pandemic’s disruptions, such as re-enrollment attempts.
“Every child, no matter their neighborhood and no matter their school, deserves to be prioritized,” Ford said. “An outside review of CPS’s operations will provide us greater insight as to how we can better accomplish this mission.”
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