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Jobs and schools promise to be top issues in next year’s city elections. The mayor’s education agenda faces its toughest test in the African-American communities that gave him strong support in 2011.

In the News: CPS to tap TIF funds for physical ed, arts

Chicago Public Schools said it will tap into $21.5 million in surplus tax increment financing funds to hire extra teachers for arts and daily physical education classes.

Last week, the financially strapped district announced that it planned to finally comply with state requirements for daily physical education for kindergarten through 12th grade. Now officials say TIF money allocated by the city in November will be used to pay for 84 physical education teachers and 84 art teachers for schools in need. (Tribune)

TEACHERS, PARENTS GALVANIZED: A proposal to eliminate class-size restrictions for special education students has galvanized the state’s teachers unions and parents who are concerned that those students will be dumped into larger classes with fewer staff or staff ill-equipped to serve them. (Sun-Times)

CHARTER CHEERLEADING: The Tribune has another editorial calling for the expansion of charter schools, saying parents want them and "there aren't enough of them in Chicago."

TURNING TO THE PUBLIC: Crowdfunding — an increasingly popular way of using the Internet to raise money for everything from starting a company to adopting a baby — is slowly taking root in Houston-area schools. (News-Journal)

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Rod Estvan wrote 51 weeks 1 day ago

Big spenders on the Trib editorial board

In relation to the Chicago Tribune editorial titled “CPS needs more high-quality charter schools.” I would suggest that Colonel Robert McCormick the historic conservative Republican owner of the Chicago Tribune might be turning over in his grave over this editorial. Here we have a newspaper that has repeatedly pointed to the dire fiscal situation of CPS, the decline in population of students, and the cost of having unfilled seats in schools, yet it can none the less lobby for CPS to spend millions of dollars in charter school start up costs because the operators of the proposed charters have a good track record in other cities.

If our school district is near broke as CPS has repeatedly claimed and simply can’t even afford to pay projected teachers pensions without reducing benefits, is forced to close down 50 schools, cut existing school budgets, and cut administrative staff, should the district be allocating money to start up new charter schools? My answer is no, and simply put I ain't no Republican neither, just rational.

The CPS Board does not understand the meaning of the word Austerity, it cuts budgets, closes schools, and then spends the money on yet another project. It is simply stunning to see good Republicans over at the Tibune gone wrong, poor, poor Colonel McCormick this new generation just doesn’t get it do they.

Rod Estvan

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