There's tons of coverage of school-level budget cuts from schools, CTU, and INCS -- but CPS says that there are schools getting increases as well as decreases, and that the real issue is that the staffing decisions are now the principals' (and principals can't take the heat).
Also: Public funds for private preschools. Whitney Young wins something. School bus driver shot (I'm surprised this hasn't happened before).
Teachers union, charter schools rail at CPS budget cuts Chicago Tribune: As principals got a better sense this week of their school's budget for the coming year, officials with the Chicago Teachers Union and privately run charter schools — which rarely agree on anything — both sounded an alarm over the effects of potential funding cuts.
Teachers union says new budget system means deep cuts — CPS says not true Sun Times: Teachers hired for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s longer school day could lose their jobs under the new type of budget, which is based on the number of students who attend a school rather than a set minimum of staff positions, according to the CTU, though the district says staffing decisions are up to principals. But CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said “the CTU’s allegations are disappointing and not accurate.”
New CPS Budget Plan Shocks Some Schools: Layoffs, Larger Classes Possible DNAI: At local meetings this week, principals and council members are debating how to balance their budgets.
CPS to make $52M in non-classroom cuts CLTV: Chicago Public Schools is cutting more than $52 million dollars from its central office, operations and administration budgets. 100 office positions will be eliminated.
Chicago schools facing cuts under new funding system WBEZ: Andrew Broy, executive director of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, said charters are still crunching numbers but overall, charter grammar schools are seeing mostly level funding or slight increases, while charter high school budgets are overall declining.
In a first, Chicago math team takes top trophy in Illinois WBEZ: Chicago public schools have won lower divisions of the state math competition. But in 33 years, they’ve never won the most competitive category. That title has gone to schools like Naperville North, New Trier, or the Illinois Math and Science Academy, which draws top math students from all over the state. This year, the team to beat was Adlai Stevenson, in Lincolnshire.
Private Preschools See More Public Funds as Classes Grow NYT: Almost none of the 4- and 5-year-olds attending the Academy of St. Benedict the African, a parochial school here in the poverty-stricken Englewood neighborhood, are Catholic. But virtually all of them pay little or no tuition, which is subsidized by public funds.
School Bus Driver Describes Being Shot By Stray Gunfire CBS2 Chicago: Joe Bradley has seen a lot in his days driving Chicago Public Schools students, but never a day like Wednesday. “They've thrown rocks and snowballs at the bus before,” he tells CBS 2's Brad Edwards.
Duly Noted: "Separate but equal", The Replacements, Chicago civics lesson Chicago Business Journal: One of the uncomfortable effects of Chicago Public Schools' decision to close 50 schools is that the city has had to confront its de facto segregation.
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