CPS students head back to school as money problems continue

CHICAGO -- Chicago Public Schools kicks-off another academic year with funding problems.

Teachers said budget cuts and layoffs are making their jobs harder. The Chicago Teachers Union says there's a $500 million gap.

Kelly High School in Brighton Park lost 23 teachers and has no counselors or librarians. Students and the CTU rallied on Tuesday morning.

Mayor Emanuel rang the opening bell at Harold Washington Elementary. He touted CPS' graduation rate, and the new state funding formula.

The city's Safe Passage routes will be expanded this year. About145 schools will now participate in that program.