Our mission is to provide low income high school students with free transportation to school.

Problem: Low income students often don’t have funds to pay for public transportation to get to school, resulting in missed days; lower performance and ultimately higher dropout rates.
○ 2015 CPS Dropout Rate for Economically Disadvantaged Students: 34.1%
○ In 77 of the city’s roughly 680 public schools, at least 99 percent of the students qualify as low ­income.

Opportunity:Increase access to transportation translates to higher attendance. Higher attendance translates to:
○ Higher revenue for CPS schools
○ Higher graduation rates
○ More post­graduate opportunities
○ Lower spending on juvenile justice

Proposal: Low income students who are eligible for subsidized lunches should additionally be eligible to receive free transportation to/from school

 Proven Results: Mayor Emanuel CTA Free Fare Pilot Program

  • 5 Chicago Public High Schools participated in pilot study in 2012
  • Clemente, Sullivan, Wells, Richards ,Team Englewood
  • Sample of 500 students
  • 100 students per school
  • Students & Parents signed Transportation Incentive Program(T.I.P) contract

 Pilot evaluated by University of Chicago: Pilot Program Results

  • 5% increase in attendance rates among T.I.P. students
  • Estimated 9 more instructional days for T.I.P. students
  • Increased Annual Revenue to CPS per T.I.P. student: $999

 Tracking Capabilities

  • When distributing CTA Ventra cards to students, CPS schools pre program a bus stop nearest to their school location and the student’s home location
  • At these specific stops, during the designated daily time period, students’ cards will not be charged for riding the bus

Cost to Society When Students Don’t Go to School

  • Male High School Dropouts are 47 times more likely to be incarcerated than their peers of a similar age who graduate from college.
  • Cook County accounted for a disproportionately large number of juvenile arrests, 64 percent, despite the fact that Cook accounts for only 39 percent of the youth population in Illinois.
  • From 2013­-2014 there were 39, 279 juvenile arrests in Chicago. 
  • In 2013, 53.2% of arrests were for youth under 16.

The Right Solution for Right Now

  • CPS schools’ budgets, generation of savings
  • Improving school attendance
  • Reducing youth violence
  • Restoring the public’s faith in city government
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