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Robert Otter has joined the staff at the research and advocacy organization, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, as an education and fiscal policy analyst. Previously, he worked in the CPS communications office, where he was responsible for research and policy on the budget, labor negotiations, the longer school day and other CPS education policy initiatives.

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Public Hearing wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

Supplemental General State Aid

Does anyone know what this is about?
Exactly what is this waiver to do?

Public hearing
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM
CPS Central Administration Building
125 S. Clark Street, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603

Prior to the Regular Board meeting a Public Hearing will be held concerning the proposed supplemental general state aid waiver. This waiver will allow the district to allocate supplemental general state aid funds using current student enrollment information. The Public Hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. Speaker registration for the Public Hearing will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. on the 1st Floor of the Clark Street Lobby. The Public Participation segment of the Public Hearing will conclude after the last person who has signed in to speak has spoken, or at 9:30 a.m. whichever occurs first.

Kim Noble wrote 2 years 8 weeks ago

Will Be Changed

A very bleak day is coming. To close the gap of that billion dollar shortage at Cps; the schools will be closed. Where else does Cps has to turn; because that billion dollars has to come up.

xian barrett wrote 2 years 8 weeks ago

A billion dollars

The billion dollars is a manufactured crisis--it is partly real and partly illusionary, but even the real parts could be avoided.

We could start by demanding time to pay down our debt interest free. Student learning should be prioritized over bank interests.

We should have a vibrant community discussion of the billion dollars in private contracts: some are vital and fair, many are vital but not properly bid or efficient, and some are straight up unnecessary or corrupt.

We should fully look at the levels of governance and how they specifically aid instruction and students' learning rather than--as most of them do--constrain it.

Students and those who serve them should not be asked to suffer because those who have appointed themselves custodians of the school system cannot adequately balance budgets or prioritize learning.

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