CPS Budget Hearings Open to the Public

August 17, 2010 at 10:57 am 1 comment

Thanks to a reader for sharing this information.  I believe this is the same type of forum as the admission policy forums where you need to get therer and register before it starts and you will get a chance to state your opinion.
If anyone feels like they have a firm grasp of the budget stuff, please share.  As I was discussing with a friend last week, it all feels a bit like fake money to me and politics as usual.  I fully grasp that there is a budget crisis and that CPS appears forced to jump through hoops to get the money.  But I don’t get where the state keeps “finding” money.  It worries me…

Dear NoTo37 Supporters:

All next week, the Chicago Public Schools will be holding public hearings on the budget for the upcoming school year. This is another chance for your voice to be heard.

The public outcry you and thousands of other concerned citizens generated last spring succeeded in restoring critical funding. Thanks to you, there will not be 37 children in each classroom. However, budget cuts will still mean increasing high school class sizes and cuts to programs across the system.

Attending one of the hearings is a good way to learn more about the budget and keep pressure on our leaders to minimize cuts to important programs.

August 17 Community Hearing for Proposed 2011 CPS Budget
Lane Tech High School
2501 W. Addison St.
Registration begins at 6:00 p.m.
Hearing begins at 7:00 p.m.

August 18 Community Hearing for Proposed 2011 CPS Budget
Westinghouse High School
3223 W Franklin Blvd
Registration begins at 6:00 p.m.
Hearing begins at 7:00 p.m.

August 19 Community Hearing for Proposed 2011 CPS Budget
Corliss High School
821 E. 103rd St.
Registration begins at 6pm
Hearing begins at 7pm

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Forum on Selective Enrollment and Magnet School Admissions Policy I’m sure I’ll write this same post every year…

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  • 1. Mayfair Dad  |  August 18, 2010 at 9:32 am

    I was at the CPS budget hearing last night at Lane Tech. Compared to the SE Process hearing a few weeks back, this event was well attended – mostly teachers and CORE representatives. Attendees were given the opportunity to sign up for two minutes of commentary – no answers given. We were told responses would be posted to the CPS website at a later date. My guess is the report will be completed prior to the next B of Ed meeting 9/26/10 but don’t quote me. Some of the more salient points:

    1. Why aren’t TIF surplus funds being returned to taxing bodies such as CPS?

    2. Why does the Board of Ed refuse to implement a modest property tax increase? (a majority vote would approve this.)

    3. Several questionable budgeting practices were brought up, including double-stating the teachers’ pension contribution which could reflect $140M of “found money”.

    4. Big increases budgeted for the area offices. A teacher asked if this meant the teaching coaches were being re-hired or was this money earmarked for more consultants.

    5. CPS’ and City of Chicago’s reliance on risky “interest swaps” and other forms of derivatives – same loosey goosey investment instruments that crashed the financial markets. Very scary time bomb that could bankrupt the city. Smells like a Ben Joravsky story to me.

    I will be interested to hear CPS response (or lack of).

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