Alderman Cardenas, Sadlowski Garza and Arena are on the Council’s Finance Committee trying to get TIF surpluses into cash-strapped Chicago schools.
Tenth Ward Alderman Susan Sadlowski Garza said the obvious: “If we don’t educate our kids, we got nothing,” She said there are CPS classrooms in her ward with 42 students, as well as a kindergarten class with 39 5-year-olds.
“I really believe we have to put education first,” Garza said.
But this is Rahm’s Chicago and the Finance Committee of the City Council was debating an ordinance submitted by Alderman George Cardenas and amended by Alderman John Arena that would move surplus TIF money to cash-strapped CPS schools.
In typical Chicago Council style, Machine Alderman Eddie Burke, who chairs the Finance Committee, delayed the vote until there was no time for a vote.
Democracy, Chicago style.
Unhappy parents were escorted out.
Chicago Public School elementary school Emmett Till Academy has a budget cut for this school year of $664,132, down 17% from last school year although enrollment is only down 7%.