I really don’t like posting links from CTU. It’s kind of weird because I have no problems posting commentary on CTU postings from other sources. However, the CTU comments on the CPS budget are really important. Just like the last time CPS had a billion dollar “deficit, the annual financial report tells a different story. When you add that to the attempt to keep reporters from covering the public hearing tonight and you sure see a pattern of deception and obfuscation emerging. Can’t say I’m surprised, but I’m still open minded enough to be a little disapointed.
“The audit of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) financial results, the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the year ending June 30, 2012 was quietly released at midnight on Wednesday of last week. With more than $500 million surplus heading into the new fiscal year, this stealth document effectively blows a hole into CPS’ unchecked claim of a growing “billion dollar deficit.”
“1. Opening Presentations made to attendees by CPS officials:
– Open to media for sound, b-roll and observation – approximately 45 minutes to one hour.
– There is no media Q and A.”
“Chicago isn’t the only city looking to close a large number of its public schools—and it’s not the only place people are upset.
A group of activists from Chicago boarded a bus to Washington, D.C. Sunday. Theygathered at the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, which helped organize the trip.”
“Given that the ruling was just issued, CPS will be reviewing it and determining how it impacts Chicago Public Schools and its students.”
“As opposition to overuse of standardized tests grows here and across the county, a public forum Thursday on Alternatives to Standardized Tests is being sponsored by a new local coalition.
It takes place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 24, at Hartzell Methodist Church, 3330 S. King Drive.”
“Alderman Fioretti—I urge you to look on the bright side. Thanks to the community protests, at least the mayor didn’t demolish the old building and sell it to developers or turn it over to one of his beloved charter schools.”