Another wave of layoffs and budget cuts hits CPS

Amidst budget woes and a soon-to-be-drained reserve fund, the Chicago Public Schools will lay off about 1,200 city school workers, and principals will begin pay freezes and six furlough days. That still leaves a $370 million deficit in the CPS budget, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Schools chief Ron Huberman said the state still owes the district $236 million for the last fiscal year, and they're counting on that money to replenish the reserve fund.
  • In a string of anti-immigrant laws across the country, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is the latest politician to back some Senate Republicans' proposal to change the 14th amendment so that children of undocumented immigrants do not get automatic citizenship if they are born in the U.S, according to The Iowa Independent.
  • The glass ceiling is a little easier to overcome today thanks to Elena Kagan and Letitia Long. Kagan was sworn in Saturday as the third female member of the current Supreme Court. President Barack Obama hosted a reception at the White House Friday saying the court "will be a little more inclusive, a little more representative, more reflective of us as a people than ever before," CNN reported.
  • Letitia Long became the first woman to head a major intelligence agency. She was sworn in as the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the agency responsible for collecting and analyzing overhead imagery and geospatial information, also according to CNN. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said having a woman running a spy agency with a multibillion-dollar budget and thousands of employees is a key milestone.


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  • When will we as tax payers ever get a chance to see the entire CPS budget.Can we see how all the money is being spent?I do know for a fact that huberman did chop many a head at the central office only to see he hired all sorts of people to do his bidding.This practice was already used at the CTA as well as police headquarters.These hacks come into these jobs all around the city with no background in these fields. We should also look at all the unfunded mandates from washington. The duplicating of social programs for all government agencies can be investigaed too.We need to look at the whole picture before we're scared into anything.

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