Over 100 Parent Mentors Demand a Change in the State Education Funding System

Check out photos from the event here.

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Santa Claus of Education to Land in Logan Square
“Now is the time for change in Illinois—let’s start with school funding!”

    As the story around Illinois politics unfolds, one thing is clear: Illinois is in time of change.  This unique historical moment opens new possibilities for the long-fought battle for fair school funding in Illinois. On Friday, December 12, over 200 parents from 8 Logan Square Schools will march to the Logan Square monument to deliver their school wish list to the Santa Claus of Education.
     “Growing up and going to school in CPS, I knew that my school didn’t have enough funding,” said Funston parent Marian Rodriguez. “To see my son and daughter going through the same thing is a crime.  This has been going on for too long.  Every kid, no matter where they come from, deserves a high quality education.”
    On Friday, December 12, parents will leave from Logan Square Neighborhood Association (2840 N. Milwaukee Ave.) at 9:30 a.m. and march down Milwaukee Avenue to the Logan Square Monument to a rally beginning at 10 a.m.  Parents will deliver to the Santa Claus of Education their school holiday wish list:

Full libraries
School security
Bilingual teachers
Smaller class sizes
Up-to-date textbooks
Healthy cafeteria food
Special education teachers
After school programs for kids
Better gyms and athletic equipment
Counselors and school social workers
Special education support groups for parents
Classes for parents—ESL, GED and computer
Professional development for teacher assistants
Parent mentors and other parent involvement initiatives
Field trips and other learning opportunities outside the classroom

Who: 200 Parents and administrators from 8 Logan Square Schools, Ald Billy Ocasio, State Rep. Toni Berrios, additional elected officials, and the Santa Claus of Education

What: March and Rally for Fair School Funding in Illinois

When/Where: Friday, December 12, 2008     9:30-10:30 a.m.
March leaves at 9:30 a.m. from Logan Square Neighborhood Association, 2840 N. Milwaukee
Rally begins at 10:00 a.m. at Logan Square Monument at Milwaukee/Kedzie/Wrightwood/Logan
Bilingual Spanish/English interviews with Logan Square parents available.