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Board to Consider Chicago Public Schools' Budget

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The Chicago Board of Education Wednesday is expected to vote on next year’s budget for Chicago Public Schools. The district plans to take nearly $100-million out of its reserves.

Schools CEO Arne Duncan says this the first time the district has dipped this far into its reserves. The money will be used to fill a $97-million budget gap. The district’s total budget is more than $5 billion. Duncan says the district won’t be able to expand certain programs, like Saturday school.

But it plans to increase the number of security cameras on campuses. And spend an additional $16 million on a relatively new project called instructional development systems. The two-year old program aims to improve student and teacher performance at struggling high schools. But Clarice Berry of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association says the district hasn’t shown the program works.

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