Liars, lies and school budget projections.
CPS budget projections.
As you know. I’m a K-5 art teacher. Or as Kyle Olson calls us, an overpaid finger painter.
But I have also negotiated school contracts for twenty years. That’s twenty years of looking at school budgets.
What I have learned is that there are liars, lies and school budget projections.
Take any school finance person out for a drink and promise confidentiality. Then say the words, “school budgets,” and they will snicker.
I have never negotiated a contract where the school board didn’t trot out their budget, bar graphs and pie charts to show how they will be in deficit five years out.
They could just as well Xerox the last bar graphs and pie charts and budget projections. They always show the same thing.
And they never turned out to be true. Never. Never once.
So when CPS drags out their budget projections claiming that they face a $700 million dollar deficit, I know what it is.
PR crap for their bargaining position with the CTU.
The Trib, of course, will do what they do and print it in breathless headlines:
CPS budget for 2013 has huge shortfall
Chicago school district’s deficit may be $700 million
Believe it and I have a front-running GOP presidential candidate you might be interested in, because you’ll fall for anything.