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June 13, 2013
Teachers union says new budget system means deep cuts — CPS says not true
Source: Suntimes
By: Lauren Fitzpatrick

As Chicago Public Schools principals sort out their new student-based budgets for the 2013-14 school year, the Chicago Teachers Union on Thursday reported deep cuts in the budgets of many schools.

Teachers hired for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s longer school day could lose their jobs under the new type of budget, which is based on the number of students who attend a school rather than a set minimum of staff positions, according to the CTU, though the district says staffing decisions are up to principals.

“That program [of hiring extra teachers for the longer day] essentially has not only been eliminated because you don’t have the additional appropriations, but the base budget is also being reduced,” said CTU staff coordinator Jackson Potter.

“Here they are coming right back after they claimed they were going to save money [by closing schools] ... and yet they’re saying, ‘Oh by the way we didn’t save any money, now we’re going to have to slash the budget of every school in the system.”

Some schools are losing as much as 10 percent to 25 percent, according to the union, which listed a handful of schools about to see sizeable reductions in their budgets, ranging from a $200,000 loss at Jamieson Elementary School to $3 million at Taft High School.

Several schools also are planning to eliminate their librarians, according to information gathered by the union from members.



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