AM News: Budget Woes, Science Fail [updated]

Local school officials must create spending plans now and try to divine what legislators will give them. By law, every district except Chicago must notify teachers 60 days before the school year ends whether their jobs might be eliminated.

WBEZ's Chip Mitchell reports from our West Side bureau about a group of undocumented Chicago students trying to break a stalemate in the nation's immigration debate.

Tougher science requirement has little impact on achievement

As part of a larger effort to institute more rigorous graduation requirements, in 1997 CPS passed a policy requiring students to take three years of science instead of just one year. But for the most part, the increased coursework did little to raise science achievement overall, according to a study released today by the Consortium on Chicago School Research

Charter Schools Feel Budget Heat

Schools across the city and state are grappling with the prospect of major budget cuts. Some Chicago charter schools warn they may have to close altogether.


Jones sponsors early childhood education bill

To ensure that early childhood learning receives equal treatment as that of kindergarten through 12th grade education, state Sen. Emil Jones III recently passed legislation to get the ball rolling.


Taking a Look at Poverty From an Affluent Suburb

The new president of Elmhurst College, S. Alan Ray, has a five-year plan to to steer the 3,360-student school down a path of service.

Lawmakers Separate Campaign Contributors From Scholarships

A proposal meant to keep  political influence from the General Assembly Scholarship program passed the House on Friday. The proposal, which passed by a vote of 85-22 , would eliminate campaign contributors who have made donations in the last five years, their spouses and their children from consideration for the scholarships. 

UPDATED:  Here's the FY2011 Budget Briefing.pdffrom this afternoon listing the anticipated cuts. Just remember that this is just as much an advocacy document as anything close to a "done deal."

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  • In relation to Ms. Luttton

  • I hate to say "good" when it comes to educating students, but the closing of many of these charters will return these students to real CPS schools and raise the need for teachers there.

  • word's leaking out from a just finished central office staff meeting that big cuts are coming -- not just the additional 500 layoffs (by the end of this month). the rest: 3200 teachers, 600 non teacher positions, class size to 37, 15 furlough days...

    if you know more or different, please share.

  • here's the whole budget briefing document for you to scrutinize -- just remember that this is a proposed (doomsday) budget not something that's a done deal. it could happen, but it could also be just something that cps and city hall need to 'persuade' labor and legislature to change their minds about a couple of things.

    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/district-299/FY2011%20Budget%20Briefing.pdf

    /ar

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    update -- easy view version of the 36 pages is here, if you want to see but don't want to download or open anything:

    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/district-299/2010/03/easy-view-version-of-the-doomsday-budget.html

  • I have not seen the power point presentation where this information comes from so I can not confirm what I am going to say. But it is my understanding that the reductions being discussed on the blog are based on the existing estimated CPS shortfall and the impact of Governor Quinn's budget proposal on CPS.

    I do not expect Governor Quinn's 1% tax increase to happen before November. So cuts at the levels discussed certainly are possible. If we assume 3,200 teachers equal a saving of $320 million or so, 600 other staff equal a savings of $48 million, and every thing else adds up to another $300 million CPS could still be still be running a deficit of $330 million more or less for FY11. The problem appears even with these cuts not yet to be solved. Sad, yes very much so.

    Rod Estvan

  • an elgin teacher who lost her eye in an attack from a student is one of many who will be laid off if the budget isn't resolved

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/03/elgin-teacher-stabbed-laid-off-carolyn-gilbert.html

  • the sun times describes what it found in a powerpoint that it obtained from somewhere -- or heard about on this site, maybe?

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/education/2104840,cps-huberman-budget-classes-sports-031610.article

  • catalyst says that it's not clear how seriously lawmakers are going to take the doomsday budget, or if all of the information contained is accurate

    http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/notebook/index.php/entry/595/Coming_to_Chicago_schools%3A_37_students_in_a_class_and_other_budget_details

    clarice berry says it's not.

  • linda lutton talks on vocalo.org about the budget cuts -- rumored at the time "people were freaked out"

    http://vocalo.org/play/62371

    she says that huberman had floated something even higher, 45 kids per classroom -- and again notes the scare tactic angle --

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    45 students per classroom doesn't seem awful for high school. I remember in college attending 101 lectures in auditoriums--over 100 students per prof. Obviously not a good idea for higher level classes like Trig or Calc, but should be doable for the social sciences and low level classes. And, in classes that large, the disruptive students may been to be more removeable otherwise keeping order may not be possible.

  • wgn tv

    http://www.wgntv.com/news/wgntv-cps-budget-classes-mar16,0,7056166.story

  • Not that I ever saw. I'm guessing they were the ones grading the tests and reading the papers. Mainly, at Loyola, TAs seemed to be used for the sciences (lab aides) and grading.

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