7 Days Until School Starts. Will the Mayor Restore Funding?

7 Days Until School Starts: Will the Mayor Restore Funding?

As we’ve stated, there is $162 million in cuts to traditional schools and an increase to charters of $85million

In addition to the:

90 positions cut in HS English

22  HS Social Studies

37 HS History

28 HS Librarians

21 HS Biology

6 HS Chemistry

3 HS Physics

10 HS Computer Ed

50 HS Math


68 elementary schools that lost an art position

47  elems music

22  elems technology; and

51 elem librarians

Too many schools to list lost a special education position:

530 Special education positions were cut. This includes aides and teachers.                                                                                                      

What can the city do to restore funding? They can send some of the TIF surplus funds back to our schools and/or address overspending in Central office. Cuts to classrooms should come last.  Call the Mayor's Office at 312-744-3300.

These are some of the areas in Central Office that could be reduced:

1)Family and Community Engagement Office – Received an increase of $2.1 million with budget at $8. 8million.

2)Office of Innovation and Incubation – Increase of roughly $8 million, budget at $50 Million. About $40 million of this is for New School Development. How about putting a one-year hold on charter growth while our traditional schools are being decimated?  

3)Human Capital office – Increase of $22 million. About $20 million of this is for a no-bid contract for SUPES academy to train Principals and Network Chiefs given to a company that has very little experience working in Chicago. So far Principals have reported to us that the trainings are “not worth $20 million.”

4)Portfolio Office –this group which mainly works on school actions still has $6 million and did not receive a decrease despite the fact that the Mayor and CPS has said they will do a 5 year moratorium on school closings.

5)Chief Financial Office- increased by 13 positions. Corporate accounting has gone from 50 to 65 positions in two years.

6)Accountability Office – Still has $14 million in the budget for FY2014 despite CPS putting out a recent press release that they are going to be cutting back on standardized testing. Shouldn’t the budget reflect this?