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In the News: Moody's downgrades CPS debt
Moody's Investors Service Corp. late Tuesday downgraded Chicago Public Schools' debt by one notch, and warned a second hit is in the offing. The reason? A "drastic" drawdown of reserves. (Crain's)
Moody's lowered its outlook for Chicago Public Schools from stable to negative, citing its $5.9 billion in general obligation bond debt. The agency's lowered rating means it will cost more for the CPS to issue bonds. (Tribune)
CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey, Catalyst publisher Linda Lenz and CPS Chief Administrative Officer Tim Cawley appeared on last night's WTTW roundtable to discuss CPS' budget proposal. Full video posted on District 299 blog.
Tribune columnist Eric Zorn attempts to unravel the history behind the mystery of Illinois' two teacher pension systems.
The Chicago Teachers Union says that the city lied about around $70 million in finances to fund the police department with money already put aside for educators. (RT. com)
IN THE STATE
The Rockford Public School District 205 administration wants to outsource driver's education across Rockford Public Schools. (WIFR.com)
IN THE NATION
If new taxes are not approved by California voters, this fall billions more will be cut from Los Angeles schools. The district can opt to shrink the school year by another three weeks. That would leave L.A. with the shortest school year in the country and one of the shortest in the entire industrialized world. (CBS News)
Fourteen mothers, whose children prosecutors say were sexually abused by a Los Angeles teacher facing 23 felony charges, sued the school district on Tuesday seeking damages for "generalized shock and trauma." (CNN.com)
Many students find schoolwork "too easy," a report from the Center for American Progress says. (Education Week)