Today’s big news is the projected $700M deficit that CPS has announced, which of course some of you will question. There are also updates on the milk contract, school closings. But the really big news is that CPS is finally going to go for a unified email system, after many years and many complaints.
Chicago school officials projecting huge deficit AP: Chicago Public Schools officials say despite layoffs and other cost cutting, the system faces a $600 million to $700 million deficit next year.
CPS shortfall: ‘There is going to be pain’ Tribune: Chicago school district’s deficit may be $700 million Despite cost cutting, layoffs and wholesale restructuring, Chicago Public Schools faces a budget deficit of up to $700 million in 2013, and officials said it could top $1 billion by 2014. “We are going to have to make tough decisions,” said spokeswoman Becky Carroll.
CPS budget for 2013 has huge shortfall Chicago Tribune: Despite severe cost cutting, scores of layoffs and wholesale restructuring last year,Chicago Public Schools faces a budget deficit estimated at $600 million to $700 million in 2013, with the cost of a longer school day still unknown, officials said.
Some CPS students want a voice in grading their teachers Sun Times: A group of Chicago Public School students Tuesday demanded that student opinions about the effectiveness of their teachers be slowly folded into a new teacher evaluation process due to start this fall. Since students are with their teachers every day, they are the best source of information about them, students from Voices of Youth in Chicago Education, or VOYCE, and the Mikva Challenge insisted. And some research suggests they have a point. However, students wouldn’t say exactly how much their opinion should count on a new Chicago teacher evaluation system currently under negotiation.
Parents: Longer School Day Is Bad For Kids CBS Local: Last year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Jean-Claude Brizard engaged in a public fight with the Chicago Teachers Union over the longer school day. The union was infuriated when Emanuel and Brizard urged schools.
Emanuel moves to ban McMahon electric company from city work Chicago Sun-Times:
He and his children own McMahon Food Corp., which oversees milk delivery to the Chicago Public Schools under a $20-million-a-year contract. Frank J. McMahon faces no disciplinary action from the city, but the milk deal is now under review.
CPS to adopt single email system next fall Tribune: After a one-year delay while Chicago Public Schools rebid the contract, the entire district will move toward a single email system beginning next fall. CPS officials say using the Google Apps system to provide a single email system for all staff and…
State Lawmakers Slam CPS Progress Illinois: State lawmakers pilloried Chicago Public Schools and CPS head Jean-Claude Brizard at a Springfield hearing yesterday, more than a month after the Chicago Board of Education unanimously approved 17 CPS school closings and turnarounds.
New CPS teacher evaluation system debated Chicago Tribune: “We are urging (Chicago Public Schools) to look more carefully at the research across the nation,” said Kevin Kumashiro, professor of Asian American Studies and Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.