Board Budget Do-Over

So Byrd-Bennett is approved, and the contract agreement, too.  but  no one's exactly sure how CPS is going to pay for it.  And the Board had to hold off on approving the revised budget when it became clear that there hadn't been sufficient notice ahead of time (oops!). Concerns about closings and consolidations are building, and curiosity about IB expansion is growing.  TGIF.

CLOSINGS

Parents, community members press CPS board on school closings
Medill Reports: Chicago
Jesus Campuzano, of Southside Together Organizing for Power, had waited in line since 5 a.m. to speak at the Chicago Public Schools board meeting Wednesday. His reason for being there: He wants CPS to stop closing schools.

CONTRACT  APPROVAL - NOT YET FOR BUDGET

CPS approves teachers contract Tribune: The three-year contract, already ratified by the Chicago Teachers Union, will cost the district an average of $74 million per year, the district said. To accommodate that, the district plans a number of financial moves, including refinancing bonds.

New contracts approved, but school district budget concerns loom WBEZ:  School officials delayed a vote on the amended budget that would make room for the changes. That’s because there was not enough public notice for the hearings held last week; those hearings were meant to get feedback from the public on the changes to the budget approved in August.

CPS budget includes $103 million in pay raises as fiscal challenges loom nwitimes: The board approved Chicago Public Schools' fiscal year 2013 budget in August, but now must amend the budget to include pay increases outlined in the new Chicago Teachers Union contract resulting from last month's strike.

MISC

Whitney Elementary School asks parents to pay for A/C ABC7: Chicago Public Schools officials say a fee set up by Local School Council to pay for air-conditioning is not mandatory for Whitney Elementary School parents.

International Baccalaureate Program WTTW: A Chicago Public Schools program that gets students into better colleges and helps them stay there is expanding. Elizabeth Brackett has the story.

The tenacity of school segregation Reader: Twenty-five years from now, will our nation's schools be as segregated as they are now? On the one hand, it seems unthinkable. We've developed stunning wireless technology, an artificial heart, a life-saving treatment for HIV.

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  • Good for the parent at Eli Whitney. Hope she inspires others to speak up.

  • from CPS:

    The meetings will be held simultaneously on Monday, Nov. 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at:

    King College Preparatory High School
    4445 S. Drexel Blvd.

    Walter Payton College Preparatory High School
    1034 N. Wells St.

    Sign-up for public participation at the hearings will take place at each location from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    Although the Chicago Board of Education approved the FY 13 budget in August, CPS has amended the budget in order to account for the additional costs associated with the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) contract agreement. The contract adds a total of $103 million to the FY 13 budget, all of which is tied to salary increases.

    The amended budget reduces administration, finance and operations spending in the Central Office, avoiding cuts to classrooms as promised by CPS, the Board of Education and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

    In addition to the Nov. 5 hearings, CPS held hearings on Oct. 16. CPS will present the amended budget to the Board of Education at its next monthly meeting on Nov. 14.

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