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CTU members are marching out in the rain this morning, ahead of school board meeting where the district's $5.4 billion budget will be voted on.
.@CTULocal1 members protest ahead of school board meeting. Budget expected to go up for a vote today pic.twitter.com/8w6iT0bXyT— Progress Illinois (@progressIL) August 24, 2016
The proposed budget, with massive program cuts, is laden with property tax increases and largely reliant on heavy borrowing against future property tax revenue, as opposed to taxing the wealthy or finding other new sources of revenue.
All this while Gov. Rauner continues to hold the state's school budget hostage.
Also protesting is Access Living, a disability rights group, upset about the new way the district is doling out special education money to schools as a lump sum. That's a departure from past practice, when special education budgets were paid for through the district's central office and CPS distributed teacher and classroom assistant positions to schools based on legal requirements and each building's needs. This will put the district in violation of federal law and leave it open to law suits on the part of parents. In addition, the district is leaving school principals in the difficult position of deciding what gets cut.
Check out this WaPo story about D.C.'s Ballou High School using restorative justice rather than suspensions, to deal with student infractions. A readers' poll shows 88% favoring restorative justice and 12% favoring out of school suspensions.