Today's stories are the budget hearings from last night -- conflated with the teacher contract negotiations and the fact finding report coming next week -- as well as the end of the troubled scholarship program, and a little more about contracts, violence, and problems at Emmet Elementary. Were you at the hearings? What was it like?
Teachers, activists boo CPS budget Tribune: "I'm not surprised by your reaction," Cawley said. "I promise I won't shout at you when you talk. I would hope you would extend me the same courtesy."
Teachers voice disappointment with CPS budget Catalyst: The budget hearings at Malcolm X and Kennedy King colleges were two of three taking place simultaneously across the city. The hearings were announced on Friday at the same time the district published and posted its proposed $5.1 million operating budget.
Boos and hisses at Chicago Public Schools public meeting Chicago Sun-Times: Plans to “stand tall'' on controversial charter schools and invest an extra $76 million in them while draining Chicago Public School reserves down to zero drew boos and hisses Wednesday.
Teachers say CPS budget creates financial crisis WBEZ: Teachers at Chicago Public Schools claim the district is creating a financial crisis to justify underpaying them.
New website lets public build their own CPS budget — even if it’s illegal Sun Times: The tool gives residents the ability to focus on a few, limited spending categories and slide a scale from side to side to see how adding or subtracting to that category would affect the system’s operating budget.
CPS Lets Web Users Suggest System Budget CBS2 Chicago: The Chicago Public Schools system wants to give you a chance to play budget wizard, and determine how spending choices you would like would affect the school system's allotted $5 billion.
CONTRACTS AND PENSIONS
CPS rights Chicago Tribune (editorial): As Chicago Public Schools parents, we eagerly await the release next Monday of the independent fact-finder's report on contract negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and CPS.
Today's history lesson The Capitol Fax Blog (blog): And Chicago was able to strike a deal that funneled a fair share of state tax revenues into funding pensions for Chicago Public Schools. That all changed in 1995 with the deal that ceded control of CPS to Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Illinois lawmakers to lose tuition waiver perk WBEZ: Illinois lawmakers are about to lose a century-old political perk — the ability to award college scholarships.
The end of the scholarship racket Tribune (editorial): Gov. Pat Quinn lives for moments like this: Flanked by lawmakers — from both parties, he pointed out proudly, and both houses of the General Assembly — he used a dozen pens to sign a pet reform measure into law. It was a historic day in the Land of Lincoln, he said. And it was.
Why is the Second City first in violence? Austin Weekly News: With a price tag of almost $6 billion a year, Chicago Public Schools graduate less than half of its students. Only six of every 100 high school students graduate from a four-year college or university in four years.
Some South Side neighborhoods safer than Lakeview, Uptown, Rogers Park Chicago News Report: According to a recent Chicago Sun-Times shootings and homicides map, several South Side neighborhoods are much safer than their North Side counterparts.
Emmet Elementary parents accuse administrator of misconduct AustinTalks: Robyn Ziegler, a spokeswoman for Chicago Public Schools, says the district is investigating the school's assistant principal but declined to answer questions.
Comings & Goings: Ayers, new principals Catalyst: John Ayers, new principal contracts, Urban Students Empowered, George Washington High School student Christopher Loehrke.