A new school year begins in Chicago - World Socialist Web Site
A new school year begins in Chicago
By Jeff Lusanne and Kristina Betinis
27 August 2013
Chicago Public School (CPS) students return to school this week in a dramatically different environment. School closures and consolidations have resulted in longer commutes through dangerous areas, falling school enrollment and overcrowded classrooms. The deep cuts to school budgets have also resulted in barebones classroom instruction. Meanwhile, the district has still managed to award principals thousands of dollars in merit pay bonuses.