Education

Chicago Schools May Also Be Closed

Kansas, as it turns out, isn't alone.

While schools in Kansas maybe be closed in the fall because the state legislature will not provide enough funding to keep them open, schools in Chicago may close because the state legislature hasn't passed a budget at all, for cryin' out loud.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool told the Chicago Tribune that the district does not have the money to open the schools and can't borrow funding because of low credit ratings.

The warning comes from CPS one day after lawmakers failed to pass a budget once again, leaving Illinois with no funding for K-12 schools.

Governor Bruce Rauner has refused to work with lawmakers on a plan that will save the Chicago public schools system from devastating spending cuts, calling a plan favored by Democrats a "bailout" of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system. Rauner's plan calls for increasing funding statewide but reducing funding for Chicago, meaning funds would effectively be redistributed from the city to Rauner's base of support out in the boonies.

CPS is facing the possibility of a cut amounting to nearly 30 percent for every single classroom if Governor Rauner has his way, so by calling the Democrat's plan a "bailout" he's basically saying it's a bailout of school children.

That may be something we want to bail out, is it not?

  • Ellen Kuhlmann

    Rauner got elected by marketing himself as a moderate. Once he was elected, he shifted to a Walkeresque mode and refused to compromise. That is why Illinois has no budget. Rauner is now hoping that the IL legislature turns Red this fall, however this is unlikely especially with Trump at the head of the ticket. He is a making a bad situation (IL finances and governance) worse.

  • This guy is right! I’m also sick of my tax dollars “bailing out” decrepit roads and bridges. Come on, stand up for yourselves!

  • muselet

    I have very little use for Rahm Emanuel. However, I have to agree with him on his characterization of Bruce Rauner:

    “Yesterday people across the state were looking for solutions,” Emanuel’s statement said. “Instead of uniting the governor was dividing. Instead of leading he was playing politics, pitting parents and students in one part of the state against parents and students in another. Right now schools across Illinois need a leader, and instead Bruce Rauner is following the Donald Trump playbook of demonizing one group of people for his political advantage.”

    Playing games with school funding should never be tolerated.

    –alopecia

    • Christopher Foxx

      Playing games with school funding should never be tolerated.

      The list of Things Which Should Not be Tolerated is pretty much the same as the chapter headings in the Republican playbook.

      • muselet

        Alas, true.

        –alopecia

  • Georgie

    Yes, because we all know that Chicago has no problems within its’ society and the education system is just a scam, “In the month of May, we’re now learning there were 66 murders in the streets of Chicago, 318 shootings and 397 shooting victims” http://abc7chicago.com/news/chicago-crime-66-killed-in-318-shootings;-397-total-victims-shot-in-may/1366020/

    • Ceoltoir

      And what does that have to do with the cost of tea in China.

      • Georgie

        True, not much, I just feel education in the key to equality, and it seems like our country uses education and schools as bargaining chips, when it should be our top priority, and not a hindsight, just going off on rant I guess.