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.