Raise Your Hand had the opportunity to meet and discuss the CPS budget with Tim Cawley, Chief Administrative Officer of CPS on 9/12/13. Mike Rendina, Chief of Public Affairs, was also in attendance Our goal was to discuss CPS’ budget priorities and inquire why traditional schools received a disproportionate cut of over $100 million in this budget while charters received an increase of $80 million this year.
12 Days until school starts: Will the Mayor Restore Funding?
In addition to the 68 elementary schools that lost an art position and the 42 high schools that lost 86 English positions, the 51 elementary and 28 high schools that lost librarian positions, below are the elementary schools that lost a CPS funded music position and High Schools that lost a Biology and Chemistry position:
In addition to the 67 (actually 68) elementary schools that lost an art position and the 42 high schools that lost 86 English positions, today we’re taking note of elementary and high schools that had to cut librarian positions.
The city has options to help restore funding to our schools and it is unclear if they will do so with only two weeks left before school starts. Cuts to basic programs at CPS are staggering and we will be highlighting program cuts for the next two weeks looking at an elementary and HS programs each day.
We have been advocating together for a TIF surplus all summer and so far the Mayor has given no indication that he will return any of the unallocated TIF funds, which is property tax money that has been diverted from the schools and other taxing bodies.