Chicago Public Schools stands pat on budget cuts despite pressure

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Chicago Public Schools has not wavered about the need for cost-cutting as part of a $5.58 billion budget unveiled this week, but a coalition of Local School Councils continued to press their case to restore funding at a meeting Thursday with schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

The group, started by powerful Local School Councils on the North Side, have been demanding for weeks that CPS reinstate spending for programs like art, music and world language. Specifically, the councils want the city to use money from tax increment financing districts to shore up CPS.

They didn't get the answers they wanted at Thursday's meeting.

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