Budget hearings start today and folks are hard at work figuring out whether the proposed budget makes any sense or if it can be changed. In the meantime, some sort of dispute or misunderstanding has arisen between CPS and CTU over enrollment projections. Apparently CTU is saying that enrollment projections for more than 100 schools are doubled at CPS, and therefore the budget deficit is greatly inflated. CPS is saying that there was "a technical glitch that led to the enrollment and faculty numbers being doubled at each school in the school segment report." They're working to fix the problem and get the correct information uploaded. "It does not have any impact on the budget or change our deficit projections." Chicago Magazine has a good overview, noting that revenue has declined pretty precipitously while expenditures steadily go up, and how closely tied to federal spending the states and districts are (Budget at a Glance). The meetings are 8/10 at Lane Tech, 7 PM (2501 W. Addison Street), 8/11 at Westinghouse, 7 PM (3223 W Franklin Blvd), and 8/12 at Simeon, 7 PM (8147 S Vincennes).