Today's news is mostly about the Board meeting yesterday, at which the budget was approved (though still with some uncertain areas) and the Brizard proposal for a longer day/longer year was discussed. There's also a great little story from Linda Lutton about the effort to bring dropouts back into the system to get their diplomas.
90 more minutes a day, 2 extra weeks WBEZ: Schools will be required to spend part of their extra time on reading, math and science, but they’ll also be able to add recess, more lunch, the arts, music or gym.
CPS board approves tax hike and budget for next year, but challenges remain Tribune: Chicago Public Schools' governing board on Wednesday unanimously approved a tax increase to support a $5.9 billion budget for next year amid growing concerns about the district's long-term financial health and an escalating public battle with the teachers...
Chicago school board approves a $5.9 billion budget, tax increase AP: The board of the Chicago Public Schools has approved a tax increase along with a $5.9 billion budget for next year. The tax increase will cost Chicago homeowners on average $84 a year.
CPS approves 2012 budget WBEZ: Chief Administrative Officer Tim Cawley says the proposal fixes the deficit woes for 2012, but after that, things look grim.
CPS board passes budget, questions remain Catalyst: The budget was unanimously approved, even though negotiations over the raises are still ongoing and some of the programmatic and administrative cuts will be determined over the next month and a half.
Property Tax Increase Approved Fox: The Chicago Board of Education unanimously approved a property tax hike and its new budget on Wednesday, and despite a huge drop in revenue, the budget expands kindergarten and Pre-K programs, and spends more on charter schools.
CPS Now Wants Longer School Day in January CNC: Only students in elementary schools would see a longer day in January, although Brizard hopes to lengthen the day and the school year for all students by next fall.
School Board passes property tax increase, CPS pushes longer day Sun Times: Chicago School Board members Wednesday unanimously approved a budget packing a $150 million property tax increase as school officials offered elementary teachers raises totaling $15 million to work a longer day.
Luring Chicago dropouts back to school, one doorstep at a time WBEZ: To get an idea of how many dropouts are in Chicago, imagine for a minute we’re at Soldier Field. The stadium is packed. There are 60,000 people here.
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