It isn’t that the spending isn’t important to the public, said Wendy Katten, who accompanied fellow Raise Your Hand board member Christopher Ball.
“A lot of people feel like there’s absolutely no one listening and they have no voice,” Katten said. “Having it here during the day doesn’t work for anyone. People work, who doesn’t work? Everyone works. And they’re not going to pay to travel downtown to talk to a board that doesn’t care what they say.”
Katten said she’d be back Friday to speak at one of the daytime budget hearings.
But that constant shuffle stymies anyone who attempts any independent analysis of the budget, including board members from the parent group Raise Your Hand and CTU staffers — and it’s nearly impossible for ordinary taxpayers.
CTU researcher Pavlyn Jankov said he’s troubled that the ratio of spending on central office to schools and networks has decreased since 2015.
And Raise Your Hand’s Christopher Ball said he and his colleagues have been comparing positions and salaries, suspecting that some CPS work previously done in house now gets contracted out.
“Why are some schools with flat enrollment getting huge cuts?” wondered Wendy Katten, of the parent group Raise Your Hand. frustrated about the opacity of numbers CPS released showing budget totals different from what some principals have been reporting.
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