Chicago's ‘welcoming schools’ to experience higher than average budget loss

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Last fall, Chicago Public Schools heralded benefits such as science labs, iPads and extra cash going to schools that would take in students from permanently shuttered schools.

This year, those same schools are losing, on average, about 5 percent of their budgets — from $275.9 million at the end of 2014 to $262.6 million proposed for 2015, according to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of CPS’ proposed 2015 budget unveiled last week.

That’s a steeper loss on average than neighborhood schools overall, which will lose about 2.3 percent of their budgets compared with the 2014 school year that just ended, if the Board of Education approves CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett’s budget recommendations wholesale at the end of the month.

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