CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool wasted little time in blasting Governor Bruce Rauner's budget address and what Claypool calls in unfair, two-tiered school funding system.
CPS is in dire financial straits, without $500 million dollars it expected to get from Springfield for this year -- but no budget equals, of course, no money,
Because of that earlier this month Claypool announced the hundreds of positions at CPS, even those in the classroom, are coming and the district will be unable to meet its pension obligations.
Wednesday afternoon Claypool blasted Rauner for not helping schools across the state with funding under the current educational formula, but at the same time conceding politicians like Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton have long been apart of the Springfield scene and share some of the blame.
So what state does a better job in school funding? His reply was, pick one; they all do a better job than Illinois.
As for the pending layoffs, Claypool says they could be coming by March.