Draining CPS Reserves

Elected school boards, a reserve-draining budget plan, selling former school buildings, iPads, uniforms, junk food.  That's the news of the day that I can find.  Word is that the CTU and CPS are still negotiating.  Track E schools are finishing their first week back in school.  Arne Duncan is doing a national back to school bus trip, but he's going to St. Louis and Kansas City rather than coming to Chicago.

ELECTED

The battle for an elected school board Chicago Journal: However, if all were well with the Chicago Public Schools and parents and citizens were happy with them, there would be no sudden interest in an elected school board. It is a way to express opposition to Mayor Emanuel's total control, gang violence in ...

BUDGET

Access Living criticizes CPS proposed budget Chicago Tribune: Disability rights group Access Living doesn't support Chicago Public Schools' proposed budget for the coming schoolyear, calling it "one of the stranger budgets we have reviewed."

Another analyst criticizes CPS budget Catalyst: While Access Living advocates for students with disabilities, it has many of the same concerns as the Civic Federation, a fiscal watchdog of local governments. Top among them is the plan to drain the district’s reserves.

Former schools on the block Skyline: Faced with a big budget hole, Chicago Public Schools is putting some of its properties on the market, including an empty school in Lincoln Park and a vacant lot in Cabrini-Green. CPS recently announced that it has begun seeking brokers to unload 23 of its ...

BACK TO SCHOOL

First Day of School: Not For Richard Milburn High School ChicagoNow: The high school is a "safe school" defined by Chicago Public Schools. The alternative high school moved from one of the Chicago Archdioces catholic schools at Holy Angels Catholic Church in the Bronzeville community under "mysterious" circumstances.

Unless the Board of Education Gets Serious, Chicago Educators May Need to ... Huffington Post: My years as a Chicago Public Schools teacher gave me a very unique view of the system. I plan on sending my child to CPS schools, but with some reservation. I know how abusive the system can be to its employees and how that can affect the overall ...

Illinois special session focus is on pensions, politics Chicago Tribune: The state's already huge unfunded liability for its five pension systems -- for state employees, the legislature, judges, universities, and teachers outside of the Chicago Public Schools -- stands at $83 billion.

Mike Munoz: District's iPad plan is proven — and it won't increase taxes Post-Bulletin: The district organized teams of board members, central office administrators, principals, teachers, and parents to travel to other school districts, such as Chicago Public Schools, Kansas City Public Schools and several districts across the state of Minnesota.

UNIFORMS AND LUNCH

School Uniforms in CPS: Love em’ or Hate em cpsobsessed: It sounds as if Alcott, one of the north side “neighborhood” (I say that in quotes because for years it’s been a sought-after Lottery school) with uniforms seems to be talking about doing away with them.

Study: Junk food laws may help curb kids' obesity Tuscaloosa News: Laws strictly curbing school sales of junk food and sweetened drinks may play a role in slowing childhood obesity, according to a study that seems to offer the first evidence such efforts could pay off.

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