Tough times continue for Chicago schools

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

When Chicago Public Schools officials unveiled school budgets for next year, they promised more money for schools that suffered through this year's budget cuts.

But a month after the budgets were released, school officials and parents say the increased per-pupil funding for the 2014-15 school year mostly cover teacher raises and rising costs, and that cuts to programs and staff this year will not be restored.

"We're still down hundreds of thousands of dollars from the previous year," said Roberta Salas, Local School Council chair of Murphy Elementary in the Irving Park neighborhood, which lost about $600,000 this year and needs to raise money to maintain programs next year.

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