Doomsday Budget, Part II

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Principals are meeting on Thursday to hear more about how bad the budgets are -- and Huberman et al have prepared another bit of information to "help" principals prepare for Armageddon.  Is anyone else thinking that this is yet another manipulation of educators (and the media)?

PrincipalBudgetMemo.pdf

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  • Is it me, or did this announcement come on the heals of the CTU meeting on yesterday?? Batman and Robin are pulling all the punches to scare, intimidate, and harass the employee's of CPS. DO NOT OPEN THE CONTRACTS!! Everywhere he goes there's suddenly a doomsday scenario- CTA, CPD. The Chicago way is getting old!!

  • Ron "chicken little" Huberman and the same old song...doomsday is here...you are right...CTA, CPD, he's cried 'wolf' too many times and nobody believes him.

  • huberman and torres just did a press event about the budget cuts yet to come, and hubie claims that 800 nonteaching spots have already been cut.

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/04/huberman-says-cuts-would-bring-thousands-of-cps-layoffs.html

  • with so many cuts there would be no one left at CO.

    what a charade

  • In Mr. Huberman's memo he did not discuss property taxes. The reason for this I think is clear now from the several comments from the Mayor, CPS will not be allowed to raise property taxes. See the Mayor's press release yesterday at http://mayor.cityofchicago.org/mayor/en/press_room/press_releases/2010/april_2010/0417_management_initiatives.html

    The last time CPS raised property taxes to the max was in FY 08 and that increased revenue by around $55 million, what a comparable property tax increase would net in FY 2011 is not clear to me. While this level of revenue will not solve all the budget problems, it can not hurt and would likely save a good number of jobs.

    Rod Estvan

  • Gee, Huberman can learn from Da Mayor. Call in all vendors and contract holders and demand they reduce the cost of their contract by 10%, Call in the gas company and demand a rate decrease since there are so many buildings they give service to (bulk reduction), cut the number of vehicles in fleet and make employees pay for their own car usage, audit cell phone usage and other communications used by CO by taking away phones. (They probably have their own anyway.)

  • I think they've made a big mistake and awakened a sleeping dog. Teachers are waking up and I really believe they're ready to fight. No negotiation without transparency.

    Joe from CORE

  • Why isn't the California teachers strike reported here?

    Capistrano School Board Rejects Teachers

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    as a courtesy to other readers, please stay on topic (chicago schools) and provide links rather than entire stories in your comments.

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    a bit of coverage of the huberman / torres event -- nothing you don't already know.

    http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/education/20100422-schools-upset-budget

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    here's some associated press coverage of the downstate rally -- http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2010/04/21/show_some_guts_protesters_tell_ill_lawmakers/?rss_id=Boston.com+--+Education+news

    thanks for the comment, POLITICS -- great to hear from someone who was actually there. anyone else?

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    A letter went home in some schools stating that the classrooms will go up 35 students for the next school year.

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    Why are we keeping preschool for all? This is largely a program for families that can afford preschool! Cut pfa and save full day kinder! Huberman, get a brain!

  • In reply to teacherparent:

    I couldn't agree more. I can't tell you how many parents I have met who (in my opinion) ABUSE the system by taking free preschool when they can certainly afford private preschool. In fact, I've heard some say it's their "right" for paying taxes -- as they will be going on to PRIVATE K-8. Disgusting.

    Our neighborhood school doesn't even have full-day kindergarten, and we're worried about preschool?

    I totally believe ONLY those schools in low-income neighborhoods should have PFA, or Head Start. Keep tuition-based, if the tuitions completely cover the program. But do away with PFA in everything but low-income neighborhood.

  • In reply to teacherparent:

    It's been my experience that once a government program becomes associated with just the low income, it becomes a target for cuts. Keeping all income groups illegible for pfa might just mean that the program survives.

  • I am curious about this, too. We are a magnet cluster with small class sizes. We have been told that we will have to combine grades with split classes. Why not accept the many kids from other schools (waitlisted) who have applied to our school and fill up the classrooms vs combining 3rd and 4th grades, etc? Looking forward to the LSC mtg where we find out the proposed budget and plan from our prinicipal.

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