The Weekly Ed Update- 5.12.17: Rahm aide says CPS is short $569M due to late payments from state

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Rahm aide says CPS is short $569M due to late payments from state

It’s unclear why CPS hasn’t shared this information up until now, but this week city CFO Carole Brown told the press that CPS needs $569M not the previously reported $129M to pay bills for the rest of the school year.

This doesn’t mean that the deficit is $569M, but that the state hasn’t paid over $400M owed to CPS for block grants. There is still no info on how CPS/the city plan to deal with this shortfall, although the mayor says he’s “ready to do difficult things to save CPS.”

Sun-TimesEmanuel says he’s ready to do ‘very difficult things’ to save CPS

WBEZ: Emanuel Aide: CPS Likely Needs $596 Million To Finish School Year

TribuneEmanuel won't say why he waited so long to reveal depth of CPS money woes

RYH joined many community orgs and aldermen to support local measures to fund CPS in absence of our deadbeat state doing their job to fund our schools. Aldermen were supposed to be briefed by CPS on Monday, but the mayor cancelled that briefing for a second time.

CBS: Aldermen Want To Reinstate “Head Tax,” Use TIF Surplus To Bail Out CPS

ABC: Alderman irked after 2nd CPS Funding Meeting Canceled

DNAinfoRahm Delays Briefings For Aldermen On How CPS Will Fill Massive Budget Gap

The district does have $20 million in unspent special education funds that were held out of school budgets at the beginning of the year. Although almost 200 principals appealed their special education funding, only 43 were awarded funds as a result of an appeal, and according to WBEZ, “the district’s small number of majority white schools got a disproportionate amount.”

WBEZ: Chicago Schools May Be Sitting On Money That Could Close Budget Gap

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