UPDATE: See here for CPS budget.
Catalyst-Chicago: CPS will max out property tax collection; make more cuts To make up for a $712 million hole, Chicago Public Schools will need to collect $150 million more in property taxes, taxing the maximum amount allowed by law for the first time in four years and adding an additional levy.
News roundup: The big news of the day from WBEZ and Catalyst is that CPS will unveil its plan to fill a $700 million budget hole with some combination of cuts, new revenues, and new sources of funding. (As to how they're going to do it, I'm most worried about area and citywide folks.) Oh yeah, and school starts for Track E kids on Monday.
CPS to announce plan to close $700M deficit WBEZ: Officials have said since March that the budget hole is around $700 million.But so far, it hasn’t felt like a crisis.
Chicago schools to release new budget, with details on closing $712 million deficit Catalyst: CPS officials are reportedly thinking about increasing the amount they collect in property taxes to the maximum allowed under state law. They could be looking to Mayor Rahm Emanuel to provide some money from tax increment financing districts, or planning on refinancing some bonds as they did last year.
Fighting Crime and Pressuring the Mayor, via Shoe LeatherCNC: The pastor of Mission of Faith Baptist Church is leading nightly foot patrols through his far South Side neighborhood in an effort to reduce crime.
Laid Off CPS Teacher Can’t Get His Unemployment Benefits CBS2: Collins says he filed for unemployment when he was laid off on July 1. But his benefits were denied by the state, which told him that CPS claimed he was still employed and was still getting bi-weekly paychecks.
School fees: Wide gap among districts Tribune: The so-called course or lab fees can range from $10 or $20 to more than $100 per class, depending on the school, records show, pumping up parents' bills and adding to the rising cost of a public school education in the Chicago region.
Trib Nation education essay contest Tribune: What makes a public schools education succeed or fail? What would you ask the heads of the Chicago Public Schools or Chicago Teachers Union? We'd like to invite you to join us for a discussion about the future of public education in Chicago.
Chicago Forward: Education Tribune: Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis will join Tribune Editorial Page Editor Bruce Dold at the next Chicago Forward forum on Sept. 13.
School year set to begin Monday for some students: Summertime leisure is coming to an end for some Chicago Public Schools students.
Year-round schools back in session on Monday: The first day of class for Chicago Public Schools students on the regular track is Tuesday, September 6. Charter schools all have their own opening days. Parents should call their children's school to get the date.
Rainbow PUSH back to school rally, pledges: With the Chicago Public Schools' academic year for Track E students beginning next week, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition's PUSH for Excellence program will host their annual back to school rally.
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