Teachers' report says Chicago broke promises on benefits of school closings

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Despite promises by Chicago Public Schools to reinvest in classrooms the money saved by closing a historic number of schools one year ago, the Chicago Teachers Union says that the district spent most of those millions elsewhere.

The union’s report, released Wednesday, says that contradicts the victory speech CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett made in March, when she told the Board of Education that the closings made the district stronger.

The CTU based its findings on CPS documents and interviews with teachers at seven of the designated “welcoming schools” that took in children from schools that were closed: Chopin, Courtenay, Dett, Earle, Nicholson Otis and South Shore Fine Arts.

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