NA4J joined parents, students, teachers, LSC members, area principals, and many of our local elected officials in opposing the relocation of a Noble Network Charter School to Uptown and opening a new high school in Rogers Park. As a result of our efforts, we successfully forced Noble to withdraw their proposals.
Current Uplift High
School student Marques Strong transferred from a Noble school after
being unfairly labeled as a 'discipline problem,' according to the
Chicago Sun-Times. "If you open up this charter school, it will hurt
Uplift students," he said. "It will hurt enrollment and resources." Uplift High School serves as a model for a rigorous, socially just neighborhood high school, and the Board of Education has ignored Uplift's quest to become the neighborhood high school for Uptown.
We know that there will be more fights in the future. A campaign is gearing up to oppose Intrinsic from opening a new campus on part of Rosehill Cemetary, which will also negatively impact our neighborhood public schools.
NA4J and the Alliance for Community Services are circulating a petition to stop these disastrous and inhumane cuts to human services. Please sign and circulate so we can tell Governor Rauner and our state legislators to stop the chop and fund decent, robust human services for all! Download here To review, here are some proposed cuts:
Impacts on senior citizens
· $140 million in cuts, capping income eligibility and raising the Determination of Need Score (DON) from 29 to 37.
· During the course of a year over 36,000 senior citizens will
lose the services that allow them to live independently. Also, over
10,000 persons with disabilities would lose all services.
· Because admission to nursing homes and institutions use the
same DON score for admittance eligibility, displaced people won't be
able to move to nursing homes or other institutional settings.
· There appear to be no other options available for these 36,000+ individuals
Impacts on youth and families
· The budget proposal eliminates youth programming, after-school
programming, violence prevention, substance abuse prevention, youth
homeless services, Boys and Girls Clubs, After School Matters, youth
summer employment and other programs designed to provide safety and
security for youth and young adults.
· Childcare is cut by $135 million by eliminating any services
for children over 6 years old. Parents will now have to choose whether
to leave their children 7 and older home alone during work days if the
parents work to support the family.
· Respite services for 1,840 families with developmentally disabled or delayed children will be eliminated.
· All statewide services and supports for families with Autism will be eliminated.
· State support for Easter Seals and Epilepsy Foundation and
their statewide community-based service networks will be eliminated.
· Early Intervention Programs will be drastically altered by
raising the threshold for EI to a developmental delay of 50%.
· Elimination of services to immigrants and refugees such as Welcoming Centers and Immigrant Integration Services
Impacts on Healthcare
· 71% cuts to the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
· 23% cuts to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program
· $400 million in cuts to hospitals
· $335 million in additional cuts to safety net and critical access hospitals serving high Medicaid volumes
· Elimination of adult dental and podiatry services which were
just restored after severe negative consequences for both patients and
· Severe rate reductions to children's ventilator service and children's mental health services
· Mental Health cuts of $82 million, Substance Abuse Treatment
and Prevention cut by $27 million and Developmental Disability funding
cut $62 million.
· Severe cuts to all services (including dialysis) for persons
with Renal Disease which threaten the viability of kidney dialysis
· Reinstatement of prior authorization for prescriptions for persons with severe mental illness
· Elimination of Supportive Housing funds and Specialized Mental
Health Rehabilitation Facilities. Substantial cuts to Supportive Living
· Elimination of the Alzheimer's Program and Poison Control Centers
The referendum was on the ballot in 37 wards throughout the city, garnering 87% of the vote citywide. Every single ward approved the Elected School Board referendum with at least 82% of the vote.
NA4J put the referendum question on the ballot in the 46th and 49th wards. We congratulate all of our members who worked hard to gather the signatures and turn out the vote for the Elected School Board referendum.
We need to put the Elected School Board issue at the forefront of the April 7th mayoral and aldermanic runoff elections. Meanwhile, we will continue to push our state legislators to move towards establishing an elected, representative school board.
TENANT HOUSING RESOURCE EDUCATION and ACTION TEAM (THREAT)
The goal of THREAT is to educate, inform, and support tenants who are
struggling to live in affordable housing with decent conditions. THREAT
will provide intake hours for tenants to gain information on their
rights and what they can do. Additionally, THREAT will identify
buildings that are in danger of being shut down or “flipped” and will
work with tenants who are ready to organize their neighbors.
Intake hours are currently 2:30-5:00pm on Mondays and 10am-12pm on Saturdays at the NA4J Office, 1020 W Bryn Mawr, #208.
Have an issue in your building? Contact Elce Redmond, NA4J Housing Organizer, at (312) 219-9404 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.