New budget. New school funding levels. Big pension problems could lead to class size increases. Rauner's running for governor.
CPS releases individual schools' 2013-14 budgets Tribune: Chicago Public Schools released budgets for individual schools to principals Wednesday and revealed a few more details on how it plans to close a budget gap of nearly $1 billion next year.
Chicago principals get more flexibility, likely less money in budget WBEZ: More than 40 district schools and the city’s 104 charter schools have been funded this way for several years. But the rates were set at roughly $6,000 per student for elementary schools and $7,000 per student for high schools. CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll said the per pupil rates for next year will be $4,429 per student in kindergarten through third grade, $4,140 per student in 4th through 8th grade, and $5,029 per student in high school.
Budgets given to principals, CPS taps 'reserves' Catalyst: On Wednesday, district officials said they will once again use one-time reserves to fill a budget deficit projected to be close to $1 billion. District officials made this announcement as they were releasing school budgets to principals.
Emanuel won’t rule out property tax, class size hikes as pension problem looms Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday defended his failed attempt to ease pension payments bearing down on the Chicago Public Schools and did not rule out increases in property taxes or class sizes after coming up empty-handed.
Emanuel sees tough choices on school budget Tribune: Lawmakers' failure to extend pension relief blamed Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday sought to lay the blame for upcoming Chicago Public Schools budget cuts on state lawmakers' failure to extend pension relief, saying the loss in Springfield is now "on the doorstep of every school and every classroom in the city of Chicago."
CPS Announces Plans for New School Budgets NBC Chicago:CPS Announces Plans for New School Budgets. Chicago Public Schools Wednesday released draft budgets to the principals of remaining schools for the 2013-14 school year and announced further plans for curbing the organization's $1 billion deficit.
Illinois Pension Reform Stalls; What's the Next Step for Lawmakers? EdWeek: The state now has roughly $100 billion in unfunded pension obligations (including teacher and other public-employee pensions), and the National Association of State Retirement Administrators reported last month that pension contributions took up a greater share of state and local budgets in Illinois state and local governments than in any other state.
Comer College Prep principal wins honor for closing ‘achievement gap’ Sun Times: Principal James Troupis was honored Wednesday with the Ryan Award — given to school principals exhibiting “superior leadership in closing the achievement gap.” The award, given through the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation and Accelerate Institute, includes a $25,000 honorarium and the opportunity to guest lecture at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Troupis is one of three recipients of the award this year.
UNO scrambles to save itself Tribune (editorial): UNO Soccer Academy High School in the Gage Park neighborhood is supposed to open this fall. The school needs to open this fall. Some 600 students have signed up to attend and more are on a waiting list.
CPS teacher charged with raping longtime friend Sun Times: A Chicago Public Schools teacher has been charged with allegedly raping a longtime friend after the two watched a basketball game and drank wine at the victim’s South Side residence late last month. Lewis Himes Jr., 41, was already intoxicated when he came to the woman’s home with a bottle of wine on May 28, Cook County prosecutors said Wednesday. The woman, who had known Himes for the last two ...
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