Chicago Public Schools Accounting 101: Less Is More – Ben Joravsky in The Reader

Less Is More at CPS

Schools CEO Ron Huberman says he’s cut 50 administrators from the central office. But records show he’s added almost as many—at higher salaries.

By Ben Joravsky

The Chicago Public Schools is a system so broke it can’t afford sophomore sports, wants assistant coaches to work for free, and has summoned hundreds of teachers to the principal’s office to let them know they’ll be laid off over the summer. But it can still afford to pay 133 central office officials more than $100,000 a year.

CPS CEO Ron Huberman - AP PHOTO/CHARLES REX ARBOGAST

That’s what budget reform looks like to schools CEO Ron Huberman.

About two months ago, when Huberman and the Board of Education cut sophomore sports, they said the district, roughly $900 million in the red, could only afford to let freshmen, juniors, and seniors play after-school sports—even after laying off dozens of well paid administrators.

It irked me that a city so rich it could afford to shower subsidies on profitable corporations such as United Airlines and MillerCoors to the tune of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars couldn’t afford to let sophomores play. Click here to read entire article.

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