Archive for July 2013

$20M Contract Scrutinized

$20M Contract Scrutinized
$20 million no-bid contract raises questions about Supes Academy Catalyst: The contract with Wilmette-based Supes Academy is by far the largest no-bid contract awarded in at least the past three years, according to a Catalyst Chicago analysis of board documents. In addition, CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett worked for the company as a coach up until the time... Read more »

North Side Favored In CPS Give-Back

North Side Favored In CPS Give-Back
North Side schools fared best in receiving ‘additional’ budget funds …Chicago Sun-Times: Most of the schools receiving a share of the $8.8 million as well as most of the money went to North Side schools, though the ZIP code that is home to the schools that took in the most is in North Lawndale on the West... Read more »

No Chance For Tax Cap Relief?

No Chance For Tax Cap Relief?
On Friday’s Week In Review there’s some discussion of the Mayor’s vulnerability on crime, the spread of complaints about CPS from the South and West Sides to the North Side, and the unlikely chances that Springfield will give Chicago room on the tax cap (according to the panelists. Click below for the video.
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Monday Morning News

Monday Morning News
CPS stands pat on budget cuts despite Local School Councils’ pressure Chicago Tribune: … has not wavered about the need for cost-cutting as part of a $5.58 billion budget unveiled this week, but a coalition of Local School Councils continued to press their case to restore funding at a meeting Thursday with schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett. CPS raising taxes,... Read more »

Spending Up As Budgets Cut

Spending Up As Budgets Cut
So the budget is up, but the schools are getting cut (including the classroom)?  CPS isn't buying into the LSC budget refusals.  Becky Vevea pops up on an education-related segment of WBEZ's "Curious City." Plus lots of comments in previous posts, including retired teachers worried about CTU, fans and foes of Xian Barrett, and more.  ...

Turning Towards Springfield?

Turning Towards Springfield?
BUDGET CPS to cut classroom spending, max out on property tax rate Sun Times: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said she’s willing to lobby legislators for pension reform but also for new revenue. “We’re ready to work with you on that so that we can actually go to Springfield — but we also need to... Read more »
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Board Meeting Protest Day

Board Meeting Protest Day
Protesters plan to be heard on CPS finances Tribune:  The Chicago Teachers Union said parents, students and teachers will picket outside the district’s downtown headquarters. A separate coalition, organized by parent group Raise Your Hand, plans to rally at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall and is calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to release money from tax increment... Read more »

Xian Barrett Laid Off (Again)

Xian Barrett Laid Off (Again)
Teacher responds to getting laid off by CPS Chi-Town Review: Xian Barrett called the layoffs cruel, and sadistic. “I would ask each of you to pause to capture in your mind that one teacher or several that altered the course of your life. Now tear them from the fabric of your experience. What would it look like?... Read more »

Layoffs, Finger-Pointing, Duncan

Layoffs, Finger-Pointing, Duncan
Happy Monday.  There were lots of interesting school-level layoff comments over the weekend, and an interesting Morning Shift segment on the impacts of the layoffs and the new school-based budgeting systems this morning, plus news from today and over the weekend rounded up for you below:. If I missed anything, let me know. LAYOFFS CPS layoffs,... Read more »
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Friday Social Media

Friday Social Media
It’s too hot for blogging, but I’ll be on Twitter @district299 (which also posts to the District 299 Facebook page).