Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Broke on purpose: The price of 'reform' at CPS.

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Broke on purpose: The price of 'reform' at CPS.:

 Broke on purpose: The price of 'reform' at CPS.
Tim Cawley was Byrd-Bennett's and then Claypool's  attack dog. He cut the Children and Family Benefits Unit which provided support for CPS's neediest students. 
Late last summer, in it's haste to implement savage austerity measures, CPS leaders eliminated the 10-person Children and Family Benefits Unit, saying it was not vital to the core mission of educating children. The move turns out to have cost the district millions in poverty money that would have directly supported its neediest students.

Diane Fager, who launched the unit in 2005 and retired from CPS in 2014, tells Catalyst that she and others repeatedly told leaders that the unit brought in more money than it cost.


“People should know that this was not an accident. The reality is that without assistance from these kinds of programs, kids are going to school hungry so they cannot perform as well at school, and without health insurance they’re sick a lot Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Broke on purpose: The price of 'reform' at CPS.:


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