Budget fat at CPS

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Each year, Chicago Public Schools tells us how the central office has sacrificed to help balance the budget. Yet, Cross City Campaign’s recent budget analysis shows that CPS has at least 600 more central office staff members on the books than it claims to have and that CPS did not cut $25 million out of central office as it had asserted.

I wish to make this clear because of the comments mistakenly attributed to me in the May 2006 Ask Catalyst. I would also like to point out that every dollar spent in central office is a dollar less for classrooms, which have indeed been cut to the bone.

Christina Warden

Program director, site-based management

Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform