Chicago's traditional schools see drop in funding under plan

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

While Chicago Public Schools officials maintain they do everything to keep budget cuts away from the classroom, the proposed operating budget for the coming school year decreases funding to 504 traditional neighborhood schools by $72 million.

The budget increases funding to the district's 143 privately run charter and contract schools by the same amount.

The apparent disparity is sure to be among the issues raised by education advocates, parents and teachers attending three public hearings scheduled for Wednesday on the district's proposed $5.8 billion operating budget.

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