Cuts to classroom exceed CPS estimates

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A new report suggests funding cuts to the classroom will exceed CPS estimates.

The group Raise your Hand calculates total cuts at $162 million dollars.

That’s much higher than the $68 million announced by district officials last week.

CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll stressed that the district looked only at spending for instruction when it said the loss in the classroom will be $68 million.

Total budget gains and losses at schools also factor in operational costs and differences in federal money that schools received for poverty or special education students.

Raise Your Hand accuses CPS of making cuts to redistribute money to areas it wants to prioritize, rather than to balance the budget.

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