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