Uh, oh. Now, with its budget cuts (and to a certain degree its new budgeting system and awkward rollout), CPS has angered North Side parents who largely stood by during the whole school closings thing you may recall we spent the whole year talking about. This changes things -- though it's hard to tell how much. Meantime, some (but not all) principals and teachers are only too glad to feign surprise at the budgets they're getting and to pass the buck back downtown rather than make tough decisions surrounding enrollment, program costs, and priority-making.
CPS Budget Cuts Bring Out 'Urgency' in North Side Politicians, Parents DNAI: Ald. Ameya Pawar led the call for TIF funds to be used to ease budget cuts at neighborhood schools.
More officials call for use of TIF funds to stop school cuts WBEZ: What seemed to most upset the parents at the event was the combination of the longer school day which went into effect last year, with less funding for arts and other classes.