Budget squeeze in Chicago schools pushes some classes online

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Members of the Local School Council at Dyett High School say their principal has advised them he can’t pay for enough teachers with the budget he was issued from Chicago Public Schools.

That means many classes—including art, music, Spanish, social studies, and even gym— will be online.

“I signed up for a public school to be taught by a teacher, not by a computer,” said senior Diamond McCullough, who joined others in denouncing the online offerings. “For Spanish, I could barely get Spanish from a teacher right there. So it’s gonna be harder trying to get Spanish from a computer,” McCullough said.

Local school council member Steven Guy says a new budgeting system the district is using might give principals more autonomy, but he said that matters little when the total bestowed on schools is inadequate.

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