CICS Students Advocate for Funding Equity

Put Kids First Rally 

In an effort to draw attention to the current funding crisis in Illinois, hundreds of CICS students, staff, and supporters gathered downtown on June 9th for a rally at the Thompson Center. Over 4,000 Chicagoans attended the "Put Kids 1st" rally and shared in a call to action for Illinois legislators to pass a budget and stop putting education for thousands of students at risk.

CICS Chief of Academic Accountability Natalie Neris, who is also a CPS parent, spoke at the rally and drew attention to the crucial need for school funding. “Passing a budget could mean life or death for these students,” she impressed upon the crowd, “students who will never get to realize their full potential if we do not fund schools.”

As of June 2016, a state budget has still not been passed and a solution for education funding has not been reached. CICS continues to work with fellow charter supporters to advocate on behalf of Illinois students. Thank you to the students, staff, and supporters who volunteered their time and energy to make these advocacy efforts possible. 

Press Coverage:

Charter Schools Join Call For Education Funding As Dance Party Breaks Out

Rally urges Rauner to ‘Put Kids First’ by passing education bill

CBS 2 Evening News [video]

WGN 9 Evening News [video]