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Emanuel wants strict controls on CPS spending

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

Mayoral challenger Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday proposed another round of cuts and strict new controls on central office spending at Chicago Public Schools after the system’s inspector general questioned more than $800,000 spent under two former School Board presidents.

“City government should be in the business of delivering services for taxpayers — not serving as a cash cow for individual interests,” Emanuel said in a statement released by his campaign.

“There’s no excuse for frittering away $800,000 in taxpayer money, particularly in times like these. We need to ensure that there are accountability measures that prevent this from ever reoccurring. Chicago Public Schools have a responsibility to use taxpayers funds as they are intended: for our children and classrooms.”

If elected mayor, Emanuel said he would shine the light on central office spending by creating an “easy-to-search database” that would be updated quarterly.

Although central office spending has been reduced in recent years — from 4 percent to 3.5 percent of the CPS budget — Emanuel said he would demand further reductions to 3 percent. The $25 million in savings would be used to expand pre-kindergarten to 6,000 additional students, he said.

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