Reporters for major Chicago newspapers are giving us some confusing information. First, the Sun-Times reports that spending at neighborhood schools will drop by $60 million. Next, the Trib reports that CPS plans to spend $500 million that the district does not have.
We have become somewhat immune to the power of big numbers. $85 billion in Illinois unfunded pension liability? Yup. $443 million to charter schools in 2015? Got it. $9 million to CPS Network Instructional Leaders? Whatever.
The "takeaway," as our loathsome U. of C. thought partners are wont to say, is that money does not solve the academic problems of our CPS students. As we discussed in a recent truth alert, many of our students come to school with issues that schools cannot solve.