CHICAGO (CBS) — Members of Local School Councils from around the city have called on local leaders to stop pointing fingers in regard to the Chicago Public Schools’ budget situation, and find a way to reverse the budget cuts affecting neighborhood schools.
Darwin Elementary LSC member Jennie Fronczak said what public schools need now is leadership.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Another Wave Of Downpours Coming Early Friday Morning
“LSC members, parents, and community members stand together to urge CPS, the city, and the state to stop pointing fingers at each other,” Fronczak said at a rally Tuesday outside the Thompson Center downtown. “Our young scholars should not have to pay the price because adults continue to act like children.”
In announcing $200 million in budget cuts – including about 1,400 layoffs and eliminated positions – the district has blamed state lawmakers for its financial problems. A budget plan unveiled by CPS earlier this month relies on $500 million in pension relief from Springfield, or schools would face additional cuts.
Overall, neighborhood schools already will see $60 million in cuts, while charter schools would gain more than $30 million.
Kyle Hillman, a community member of the LSC at Gale Math & Science Academy, said the budget cuts hitting the Rogers Park school make no sense.
“We lost our librarians, even though our neighborhood collected books, in order to give the kids, in order to read. We lost our technology teachers. Imagine that; a math and science academy without technology instruction,” he said.READ MORE: Frank Pietrangelo, Hero Of 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Says He Was Among Those Sexually Abused By Hockey Coach Tom 'Chico' Adrahtas