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Rahm’s CPS budget puts a dagger into the heart of neighborhood schools.

July 19, 2012

Public Radio station WBEZ and Catalyst analyzed the CPS budget and found:

  • The proposed $5 billion dollar CPS operating budget directs funding to magnet, specialty, selective and charter schools and away from neighborhood schools
  • Nearly 90% of the city’s 100 charter schools will get more money from CPS. 70% of  the system’s neighborhood public schools will see a decrease in funding.
  • Charter schools will see an increase in 6,500 students. Neighborhood schools will see a 9,000 student enrollment decline.
  • Teaching positions in selective enrollment and charter schools will increase by 615. CPS is budgeting for a decline of over 500 positions in neighborhood schools.
  • Schools on the South and West sides were hit the hardest by budget cuts.
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