Friday, February 26, 2010

A Billion Dollars?

And the graduation rate is still around 50%? What exactly are we paying for?
  • The grim 2011 budget forecast takes into account a skyrocketing pension obligation next year and contractual raises for teachers that together increase costs by about $450 million over this year, district officials said.

    The dire prognosis comes in the middle of an already tough budget year that started with a half-billion-dollar deficit. To balance this year's budget, the district trimmed millions in programs, laid off 536 employees and mandated six furlough days for nonunion staff.

The entire city budget is how much? $6 billion. And the CPS is about to run a deficit of almost a billion dollars? Something is seriously amiss with the school management.

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33 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

42 extra short took over cps when?????????

2/26/2010 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much is a billion dollars?

2/26/2010 12:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLEASE let's vote for someone else to ruin, i mean, run, our lives finally.

2/26/2010 01:44:00 AM  
Anonymous The Box Chevy Phantom said...

More fuckery to influence the arbitration of our contract from the Daley Inc. Media Spin Machine.

An unusually heavy load of hand packed fudge from shortshanks today.

"$6 Million verdict for family of woman who died in Police custody"

spin... spin... spin...

"...fuck you, pay me!"

plenty of money to piss away on silly shit but none for the REALLY THIN Blue Line.

Decayed bastard!

2/26/2010 02:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wait for the arbitrator's decision in our contract. Daley will scream for many millions in givebacks, concessions, unpaid days off etc. That pump has been primed, get ready for a much bigger fight than what we have already been through these past 3 years.

And of course, DUMP DALEY IN 2011

2/26/2010 04:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And who do we have to blame?
OURSELVES FOR NOT STICKING TOGETHR!

2/26/2010 06:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All that graft adds up after awhile.

---not a cop

2/26/2010 07:06:00 AM  
Anonymous gfy said...

Let's start at the top. The office of the CEO has a staff of eight and a budget of $1.1 million.In addition, the office of the CEO's chief of staff has another seven employees and a budget of $1.5 million. If the district is desperate to make cuts, how about taking a knife to the bureaucracy before going after programs for kids? When Huberman took over the schools last year he brought with him five former CTA and City Hall employees, each making at least $120,000. Where else can we cut? Well, there's the CPS law department. Though it has 80 employees and an annual budget of about $9.5 million, somehow or other Huberman needed to fork over another $100,000 to former federal prosecutor William Jones Jr. to investigate whether school board members and officials had improperly charged artwork, limousine rides, high-priced meals, liquor, and other expenses to their school district credit cards. Huberman and his aides also might want to look at cutting back on contracts to outside vendors (about $696.6 million has been set aside for that) and trimming a few of the extraneous central office divisions, like the Office of Autonomy. I'm not sure who it's autonomous from—certainly not Huberman or Mayor Daley—but it has seven employees and an annual budget of $1.4 million. Plenty more to read
http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/chicago-public-schools-cps-cutbacks-track-coaches-athletics/Content?oid=1467256

2/26/2010 07:08:00 AM  
Blogger Colin Howe said...

And demagogue libs keep screaming, "we need to fund our schools, no tax cuts".

F me...

2/26/2010 07:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come everything the mayor touches turns to shit? If I made that many screw ups I'd be fired.

2/26/2010 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Waste WASTe WASTE

2/26/2010 08:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

all bullshit they know we will get a raise and they will blame the police and fire dept!

2/26/2010 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

seems like the $60 million obama sent over for citizen patrols AROUND the worst schools should have been used INSIDE the schools instead.

of course, either way, you're throwing it right down the sewer anyway!

2/26/2010 08:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A billion dollar deficit for the world's largest day care service.

2/26/2010 08:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If CPS is so short how does Hubberman have money for 2 take home cars?

2/26/2010 08:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And of course huberman (and probably those before him) needed more than one car and had to have a driver. And of course many of those "students" I stop on the street go to "alternative" schools. This stuff can make you crazy if you let it.

2/26/2010 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note all the school closings and misfortunes are in the ghetto-side of the city. ARe all the teachers at these schools that bad???

Methinks it has something to do with parenting, or lack-of, that's just an educated guess.

But big-government, including the our CPS school system believe that re-arranging the chairs and throwing a lot of money around are going to make a difference....you are STILL going to get the same type of parent/student regardless of what building they go to. The teachers can do so much, then it's up to the parent to help their kids. The government can't be the parent.

2/26/2010 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time for Daley to "privatize" the school system. Let another source "weed out" the kids who don't want to learn and allow the percentage of kids who attend public schools and want to learn get the the education they deserve. Then watch the grades soar.

Stop "coddling" the idiot parents and their idiot kids who disrupt, don't do their homework, do their drugs, crimes, etc. Stop pouring money into this hell-hole. Let them live the life they want to live and keep them in their own part of town where they sit back and do nothing, something that they are actually good at. Let them work the minimum wage jobs that they deserve and cut-back on the freebees. We don't want them. Of course this is a anti-liberal approach and it won't work in this city. Just sayin.

2/26/2010 10:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No no. The blame clearly falls on pensions. Just think of how much more They could steal if it weren't for those lousy pensions?

2/26/2010 10:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But yet Da Mare can sleep at night knowing Buberman is at the helm!

2/26/2010 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blame the "Kiss of Death" Luberman.

He killed CPD when he was here.

He killed CTA when he was there.

Now he's killing the CPS budget.

WTF?-Send him back to Shortshanks office and hope the trend continues.

2/26/2010 11:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget that number will probaly double since some alderman are petitioning that poorer families on the south and west side should have every right (yes right) to get to go to the same private schools the "north side white students" get to go to. So I guess it doesn't matter that over 50%.of my pay goes for my kids school so they and myself don't have to worry about them being beaten to death after school, it should be a "right" for everyone to go.
If this happens we need residencey!!!!

2/26/2010 12:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The pension's status is the result of many factors. A steep market decline, a large chunk of new retirees and years of the district making no contribution at all have left it about 74 percent funded."

This is what pisses me off the most about all of the public pension's being in trouble. The idiot politicians have used the pension funds as their personal piggy bank and have refused to fund them as required. Now after years of this practice resulting in the mess we are in today, they want to fix it on the backs of the workers and retirees. Well, I didn't create this mess, so don't make me take it in the ass to get us out of this mess. You fucked it up with all your stealing, you fix it.

2/26/2010 12:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$6 Million verdict for family of woman who died in Police custody"

It was actually 5 million but who is counting. After watching the closing arguments at the trial it was apparent that the jury was either half dead or half asleep. Either way they had already made up their minds and didn't pay attention to the evidence.

2/26/2010 12:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago is a safe heaven city for illegal immigrants and those unemployed. We give free money to anyone who does not want to work! So of course the state and the city don' have enough money to educate our children. But most who want a better education move to the suburbs. To bad we cant move out too

And who is to the rescue is Huberman the man who has f-up everything he has been in charge of but never stuck around to see it happen.

2/26/2010 01:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can never spend enough on people who are always failing.

2/26/2010 02:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's very expensive teaching the "3-R's" to a pile of bricks.

2/26/2010 04:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Teaching used to be a career for a woman, right out of college, until she met a man and started a family or set out on her career. Now it's the landing pad for every slacker Liberal moron with an agenda but no real ambition.

FAIL UP! The CPS Way.

2/26/2010 05:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

School Buildings...check, students...check, teachers...check, books...check, bloated staff...time to uncheck.

Stop handing out 8 million dollar contracts for 4 million dollar jobs.

Dump Daley 2011
and masters too!

2/26/2010 09:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can already feel property taxes going higher.

2/27/2010 02:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. stop giving certain CPS stoodints $280.00 a month on a ATM card.

2. take all the single hi-skool buildings that are divided into 4 skools with 4 principals and 4 sets of staff and less than 600 kids 4 each skool and consolidate them back into one skool.

3. take away the autonomy the principal has in the way funds are spent.

4. cut 1/4 of all non teachers (management) across the board.

5. Get rid of LUBERMAN and put in an actual educator not a politician.

Just doing the above would save 5 or 6 hundred million.


Sister Tomasina

2/27/2010 07:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. stop giving certain CPS stoodints $280.00 a month on a ATM card.

2. take all the single hi-skool buildings that are divided into 4 skools with 4 principals and 4 sets of staff and less than 600 kids 4 each skool and consolidate them back into one skool.

3. take away the autonomy the principal has in the way funds are spent.

4. cut 1/4 of all non teachers (management) across the board.

5. Get rid of LUBERMAN and put in an actual educator not a politician.

Just doing the above would save 5 or 6 hundred million.


Sister Tomasina

6. why is it many cps are being run with our tax dollars, by "private" companies that are for profit...and they make a profit...how is that possible

2/28/2010 10:35:00 AM  
Blogger BobbyT said...

I just watched "Lean on Me" this weekend. For those who haven't seen it, it's basically "Dangerous Minds", but set in the 80s and starring Morgan Freeman.

Pretty decent movie, and a lot of the stuff he does in it actually happened. The new principal really did expel 300+ thugs his first week, despite the whining of dey mommas and dey rev'rens.

3/01/2010 05:56:00 AM  

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