WBEZ brings you fact-based news and information. Sign up for our newsletters to stay up to date on the stories that matter.Parents are voicing their concerns at public hearings this week on Chicago Public Schools’ $6.4 billion budget plan.
Judy Sickle is a mother of twin boys enrolled at Audubon Elementary School. She says she came to last night’s hearing at Lane Tech High School to see what kind of a dialogue would take place.
But before the meeting began, CPS officials said they would only hear comments and not answer questions.
Sickle says she found that discouraging.
SICKLE: You know, for me to think that they’re going to take this back for further review and re-look at the budget for next year based on this input is just mouth. I mean, I don’t think they’re going to do anything with it.
The district had originally proposed laying off teachers and increasing high-school class sizes in order to balance its budget. But a federal jobs bill passed last week gave the district money to reduce class sizes.
A CPS spokeswoman says answers to questions will be posted on the district’s website.