CPS releases ‘keep afloat’ budget


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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.

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