1992 News Briefs
January: Quest Center
The Chicago Teachers Union steps into the arena of educational change. With a $1.1 million, three-year grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the CTU opens its Quest Center to help teachers restructure their schools.
May: Deficit forecast
Consultants hired by the business community confirm the school system's need for substantial new revenues to balance its budget in the future. A $540 million revenue shortfall is forecast for 1996.
August: Decentralization plan
Under pressure from the Chicago School Finance Authority, the board adopts a plan to transfer more authority and money to schools over the next three years.
August: Belt trimming
The School Board and unions agree to defer their 7 percent raises to Oct. 13. To help balance the budget, the board cuts 100 custodians, 210 central office workers and 556 school clerks, truant officers and library aides.
November: Funding amendment failure
A majority of Illinois voters say "yes" to a Constitutional amendment to increase and equalize school funding, but the measure falls 3 percentage points shy of the 60 percent required for passage. Corporations led the anti-amendment campaign.
November: Kimbrough exit
Citing "personal reasons," a beleaguered Supt. Kimbrough says he won't seek renewal of his contract, set to expire in June.