"DESPERATE" CHICAGO SCHOOLS NEED HALF BILLION TO AVOID MASS LAYOFFS, PARTIAL SHUTDOWN | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

"DESPERATE" CHICAGO SCHOOLS NEED HALF BILLION TO AVOID MASS LAYOFFS, PARTIAL SHUTDOWN

Chicago Public Schools—with 394,000 students and nearly 21,000 teachers—has closed more than half of a projected $1.1 billion shortfall through cuts, borrowing and other means, but is looking to the state to come up with the rest. The school board warns of deep cuts later this year if Illinois, which faces its own fiscal crisis, doesn’t deliver an additional $480 million in the coming months, representing roughly 8% of annual district spending.

“It is like the board is a desperate gambler at the end of their run,” said Jesse Sharkey, vice president of the Chicago Teachers Union, in a recent speech.

“We are really now at a point where further cuts would reach deep into the classroom,” said Forrest Claypool, who was named chief executive of the city schools in July.

A group of parents, educators and activists with the support of union leaders launched a hunger strike Aug. 17 in a push to reopen a closed high school in a historically black neighborhood on the city’s South Side. The group argues the board concentrates money in Chicago’s wealthy, predominantly white neighborhoods. Hispanic and black students make up a vast majority of enrollment in city schools, and more than 85% of students are considered economically disadvantaged.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For Mayor Emanuel and his cronies, the kids who are hurting the most are simply expendable, and are of no value, or use.

Were I a parent of one of these kids, I would be making sure this gentleman was voted out of office, and handed his hat, at the earliest possible opportunity.

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