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Parents, Teachers Protest Outside Speaking Event Of Schools CEO Byrd-Bennett

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Parents and teachers protest outside a speaking engagement of Barbara Byrd-Bennett. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Parents and teachers protest outside a speaking engagement of Barbara Byrd-Bennett. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

CHICAGO (CBS) – Parents and students protested earlier this evening outside of speaking engagement by the head of Chicago Public Schools, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

They are upset over shrinking school budgets. History teacher Brian Hallberg says the new per-people funding formula will mean Kelly High School on the Southwest Side will get $4 million less next school year.

“Which amounts to 23 teachers being let go. In addition to that 10 of our career service support staff are going to be let go,” said Hallberg.

CPS mom Melissa Stanley wants greater transparency for TIF money, saying one on the West Side is using much needed funds.

“$13 million a year is going to some fund and no one knows how it is being spent and they have three schools that are closing in that TIF district. That money could be used to keep those schools open,” said Stanley.

The group was protesting outside a speech by CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.