School Board Passes Property Tax Increase, CPS Pushes Longer Day

August 25, 2011  |  

(Chicago Sun Times) — Chicago School Board members Wednesday unanimously approved a budget packing a $150 million property tax increase as school officials offered elementary teachers raises totaling $15 million to work a longer day.  Meanwhile, parents, clergy and others turned up the heat on all parties involved to find a way to achieve a longer school day and year.  Scores of protestors lined the sidewalk outside the Board of Education, wearing stickers reading “90 more minutes now.’’  “We can no longer stand for the under-education and the mis-education of our children,’’ Rev. David Popel, pastor of Brotherly Love Baptist Church in Lawndale, told the throng. “I’m asking our mayor, our [Schools] CEO to find a way to make sure our children are properly educated.’’

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