CPS officials grilled over local school cuts at budget hearing
BY LAUREN FITZPATRICK Education Reporter July 16, 2014 2:50PM
Georgia Waller, a teacher and LSC member at Beard Elementary School, spoke out against Chicago Public Schools' proposed $5.76 billion 2015 budget Wednesday night at a public hearing at Malcolm X College. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 17, 2014 1:59AM
The specter of 50 closed schools haunted a budget hearing Wednesday night on the West Side as dozens of people asked Chicago Public Schools officials over and over and over:
How could CPS continue to cut budgets at neighborhood schools while opening new charter and contract schools — even after shutting down a record number of schools just a year ago?
“We need to pull the money from the plan of expanding charter schools, reinvest in neighborhood schools in our communities,” said Scott Hiley, a special education teacher at Lincoln Park High School whose classes have so many desks jammed in that he has little room to move around.