There will be fewer dollars for art in Chicago schools.
The promises by Rahm that a longer school day would expand the curriculum is a lie.
Another Rahm Emanuel lie.
There will be less money available for music.
There will be no money for toilet paper.
You’re concerned with the Common Core? My friend Matt Farmer suggests CPS parents will need to be more concerned with the Charmin Core.
Over the past few days word has emerged about massive school budget cuts.
Amundsen High School’s 2013-14 budget is $780,000 lower than 2012-13,
Roosevelt High School is down $1 million. Lincoln’s is down a million.
Catalyst reports that while CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is denying that there will be cuts to school budgets, principals are saying the opposite.
Changes in enrollment or the number of poor students would not cause drastic shifts in school budgets. In fact, one North Side principal said that he is projected to get 40 more students, yet his budget did not increase at all.
With tenure and seniority rules that have become less a factor in teacher retention due to so-called reforms, principals will now be forced to choose between veteran teachers and paper.
One principal, whose teachers average 10 years of experience, said he isn’t getting any of the money–and though he values veterans, he can understand why schools might decide to hire less experienced, and thus less expensive, ones.
Another principal said his budget is $1 million less than this year, yet he is projected to get about the same number of students.
“I’m cutting three assistants, a half-time teacher, and a full-time teacher,” he said. “I’m also increasing class sizes from 20 in primary to the max of 29.”
Says CTU President Karen Lewis:
“There is a literal wealth of revenue that the district has ignored. CPS claims to act in the interest of the children, but by cutting budgets up to 25 percent in lieu of going after potentially billions of dollars, one has to ask just how much are they really doing?”
“Recently they announced a plan for a ‘quality, 21st century education. Their 21st century plan looks more like a 19th century plan. They are leading our district and students in the wrong direction.”
Byrd-Bennett may deny school-based cuts, but Ben Joravsky has seen the PowerPoint.
A PowerPoint presentation I saw from a principal of a southwest side high school is most revealing. “Everything means everything,” the principal warns. Counselors, supplies, paper for the copy machine, teachers—he’ll have to cut whatever it takes to slice $2 million from his $15 million budget.
It’s a theme echoed by other principals. The word of the day is that cuts are coming if the mayor can’t get more aid from the state.
As I read about the million dollar a school budget cuts Rahm as ordered Byrd-Bennett to order her principals to make, my sister-in-law Susan sent me this Sun-Times story.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to transform a six-block stretch of the downtown Chicago Riverfront into an enticing public space that will someday rival Millenium Park inched closer to reality Thursday.
It happened after City Hall closed on a $99 million federal loan that will finally allow the mayor to get moving on the long-awaited riverwalk build-out between Michigan and Lake.
Long-awaited? By whom?
Kids can’t wipe their butts with a riverwalk.