Posted August 24, 2007– Dozens of grants that lawmakers earmarked for building repairs and after-school programs at individual Chicago schools are among the $463 million in spending cuts Gov. Rod Blagojevich made Thursday.
A conversation among: Steve Barr, founder of the Los Angeles-based Green Dot charter schools; Marilyn Stewart, president of the Chicago Teachers Union; and Jo Anderson, executive director of the Illinois Education Association.
The 10 schools slated to pilot a merit pay and professional development program for teachers this fall have given the edge to their own faculties when hiring lead teachers for the initiative, according to interviews with principals.
Posted August 6, 2007– Chicago Public Schools today released a $5.8 billion “keep afloat” budget that includes an additional $98 million in expected state aid and a 3-percent raise for teachers. School officials also plan to raise property taxes to the limit, generating about $55 million, and to use about $73 million in reserve funds, to fill a deficit of $165 million and increase educational programs by $60 million, according to Finance Chief Pedro Martinez.
Here are the CPS-related cuts made by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, as well as a list of items that remain in the budget.
TEACHER HIRING CPS loses out on hiring many of the strongest applicants for teaching positions, according to a recent report
The FY08 budget includes $60 million in additional funding for some of the district’s core education programs. Here’s the breakdown.
Your attention to the issue of capital improvement at CPS schools is timely. However, the recent Catalyst Chicago cover story, “First Bite” (May/June 2007), could leave readers with the false impression.
Many voices have recently been raised to celebrate the “increase” in Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) scores, and, in turn, to call for much-needed school funding from the state. But amid all of the babble about money, we must ask: Who speaks for children?
Principals and LSCs could be in for tough fights come September, if expected state revenues fall short and force the district to tighten its budget.
A collection of facts, figures, and news briefs about school reform—both in Chicago and around the country.
As a young man growing up in Indianapolis, Thomas E. Darden Jr. remembers attending low-performing schools. But good teachers helped him succeed in school and helped spark an interest in public education. He talks about the importance of school leadership and how schools can get corporate support.