Proposed budget cuts are the big education news story of the day. Check out coverage from the Tribune, Sun Times, and ... more to come:
CPS officials want to spend less money on building improvements Sun Times: Officials of the deficit-ridden Chicago Public Schools Wednesday released plans to spend $110 million on building improvements next school year — six times less than this year. Amid a “difficult fiscal climate,’’ the system’s capital budget for next school year focuses on “critical and immediate needs facing our schools as well as student learning,’’
CPS cuts spending in 'difficult fiscal climate' Tribune: Faced with a nearly $700 million budget deficit, Chicago Public Schools has proposed a capital spending budget for the coming year of $110 million, a sharp drop from this year's $660 million.
Aldermen tell CPS to reduce suspensions and expulsions Tribune: City Council resolution passes committee Spurred by student and community groups demanding a less punitive student discipline system, a City Council committee on Wednesday passed a resolution calling on Chicago Public Schools to reduce suspensions and expulsions by 40 percent.
As state mulls child care cuts, advocates head to Springfield Catalyst: Under the proposed cuts, only those families earning 150 percent of the federal poverty level would be eligible for subsidies that are now available to families earning up to 185 percent of poverty level. The difference for a family of 4: an income of $34,575 versus $42,643. (Families now in the child care program who are above the new eligibility limit would be grandfathered in.)
Controversial legislative scholarships could be ending soon Sun Times: Illinois’ top Senate Democrat dropped his resistance Wednesday to abolishing the state’s scandal-tainted legislative scholarship program and advanced a measure that would kill the waivers this fall. The legislation carried by Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) moved out of a Senate subcommittee Wednesday. Cullerton called the scholarships an obvious “distraction.”
11-year-old boy injured during drive-by shooting Sun Times: An 11-year-old boy was injured during a drive-by shooting early Thursday in the West Side Garfield Park neighborhood. About 2 a.m., someone in a passing maroon minivan fired shots at a crowd of people standing in front of the St. Stephens Terrace apartment complex near Jackson Boulevard and Western Avenue, police said. Some of the rounds went through the window of a first-floor apartment where an 11-year-old boy, his mother and other children were sleeping, police said. Glass from the shattered window cut the 11-year-old boy, and he was treated on the scene, police said. Police originally said the boy …
'Untimely' LSC election info questioned Austin Weekly News: Of the 11 Local School Council elections Don Moore has been involved in, he says he's never waited so long to receive candidate information from the Chicago Public Schools.
Facebook turned girls' rivalry into hallway brawl Sun Times: Matt Hancock, the school's executive director, would not discuss details of the incident, but confirmed that all of the students involved, including Williams, have been disciplined according to the Chicago Public Schools Code of Conduct.