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“My concern is frankly that resources that should have gone to neighborhood schools were actually diverted to charters and magnet schools.”
THE WATCHDOGS: A clout-heavy company hired a convicted child-sexual predator to park cars on a Chicago Public Schools lot near Wrigley Field.
“We hope that the court … will grant an injunction in order to stop our beloved school from hemorrhaging further resources,” an NTA parent said.
CPS officials said they’d begin debarment proceedings against Camelot, which runs six alternative schools in CPS for about 560 students.
Needed increases in special education spending still haven’t offset years of cuts, CPS CEO Janice Jackson said.
The state funding now making up a third of CPS’ money is a double-edged sword, said Lawrence Msall, Civic Federation president.
SodexoMAGIC holds about $419 million in facilities contracts through 2021. Aramark has another $290 million.
Chicago Teachers Union officials said another 1,000 social workers are needed to meet those recommended minimums.
THE WATCHDOGS: Just before a scheduled vote, Chicago schools officials pulled deal with company over its response to harassment complaints.
The mayor’s comments come even as his own police department asked protesters led by Rev. Michael Pfleger to keep their protest to the neighborhoods.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS announced plans for a new, $70 million high school building on the Near West Side among nearly $1 billion in new spending.
CPS says efforts to improve school cleanliness are working, but data released late Tuesday showed one in four schools still failed inspections.
The new 20-member “Office of Student Protections and Title IX” will oversee investigations of student-on-student bullying and abuse.
WATCHDOGS FOLLOW-UP REPORT: The Chicago Board of Education is set to beef up pool safety after an autistic 14-year-old boy’s drowning last year.