- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool says without concessions by teachers, cuts to the classroom will be necessary.

The Chicago Tribune reports (https://trib.in/2aKkoEV) Claypool made the assertion Tuesday, a day after the district unveiled a $5.4 billion operating budget that assumes teachers will accept contract terms similar to those that were rejected in February. Claypool also said classroom budgets would be cut if Illinois lawmakers refuse to come up with $215 million to boost the district’s budget.

Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey says Claypool would have only himself to blame for any classroom cuts. He added that to blame the cuts he is making on teachers is “hypocritical and not acceptable.”

Last year, CPS borrowed money to help cover a $480 million budget shortfall. Claypool says that’s not an option this year.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, https://www.chicagotribune.com


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