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
- 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