Today’s news coverage is dominated by the Civic Federation’s lukewarm endorsement of the CPS budget proposal, which I’m sure the folks at Clark Street will be happy to use as part of their push for acceptance later this week. What I’m not clear on/ don’t remember is whether staff or board members can make adjustments to the proposed budget, or whether it’s an all-or-nothing process. Also unclear to me — is what would happen if the Board rejected or (more likely) delayed approval of the budget.
New report: CPS faces “enormous budget gaps” WBEZ: The checkbook that Chicago Public Schools has to balance is like any of ours, but far bigger and far scarier. Laurence Msall, President of the Civic Federation said, “It is in a very dire situation.”
Federation backs CPS tax hike, changes to teachers’ pension needed Sun Times: The Civic Federation on Monday will support Chicago Public Schools’ $150 million tax increase because the school system has shown good faith in significantly cutting its budget, but it will call for dramatic changes in the teachers’ pension system to deal with expected future budget crises.
Watchdog Endorses CPS 2012 Budget Tribune: The Civic Federation has analyzed the proposed Chicago Public Schools budget for the coming year and said it supports the plan, but it has concerns about the future.
CPS Faces ‘Fiscal Calamity,’ Budget Watchdog Warns CNC: While the Federation said it supports the district’s $5.9 billion budget for fiscal year 2011, the report noted other threats to the district’s long-term financial position, including its repeated reliance on a reserve fund to deal with budget deficits.
Editorial: Make a longer day better for students Sun Times: Despite the Chicago Teachers Union’s weak embrace of a longer day, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is absolutely right to make it a top priority for next school year. But a key question remains unresolved: How should schools use the extra time?
Community group has a rally for “better school day” Tribune: Community organizations planned to rally in support of Chicago Teachers Union’s call for a “better school day” Thursday afternoon.
Quinn signs law on CPS closings and construction Tribune: Chicago Public Schools officials will be required to give greater advance notice about planned school construction projects and building closings under a law Gov. Pat Quinn signed today.
Teachers, parents sound off on Chicago schools budget WBEZ: I worked hard all those years. Why did I lose my job? Security guards, custodians and student aides clutched layoff letters—they’re part of .
Chicago Teen is the First in Her Family to Graduate From High School, Will … Fox Chicago: Chicago Public Schools released 2011 ACT scores for the district Thursday. Of the 117 non-selective high schools, all seven of Noble campuses with junior classes were ranked in the top ten schools in the city of Chicago, including Pritzker College
Voice of the People, Aug. 22 Tribune: I can’t recall the last time an article ran in your newspaper that was pro-teacher.
Quinn to sign school facilities reform CMW: The Humboldt Park location is in the district of the bill’s sponsors, State Representative Cynthia Soto and State Senator Irene Martinez.