Mar 21, 2003
Parents who give all their spare time to fundraising and volunteering at their children’s schools haven’t had time for the larger issue of adequate state funding, says Faith Spencer, education chair of the Northside Parents Network.
But with a growing school finance crisis — 80 percent of Illinois school districts now operate with a deficit — the state’s national rank as 48th in support for education is getting more attention, she says.
NPN boosts public education by helping parents with information on school choices and providing support ranging from a babysitting co-op to informational workshops.
Saturday the group is co-sponsoring a Town Hall meeting on state funding for education, with new State Senate Education Committee chair Miguel del Valle and others. The event is co-sponsored by the Chicago School Leadership Cooperative, which marshals community support for LSCs, and Network 21, a group of civic leaders advocating school finance reform. The Town Hall is Sat., March 22, 1 p.m., at the Lincoln-Belmont Library, 1656 W. Melrose.