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CPS officials grilled over local school cuts at budget hearing

GeorgiWaller teacher LSC member Beard Elementary School spoke out against Chicago Public Schools' proposed $5.76 billi2015 budget Wednesday night public

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

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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.


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