Catalyst Chicago is a monthly newsmagazine published by the Community Renewal Society that covers the progress, problems and politics of school reform in Chicago Public Schools. Editor Veronica Anderson can be reached at (312) 673-3847 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q.State poverty funds that go directly to Chicago's public schools have been capped at $261 million since 1995. But the poverty funds that go to the district's central office have been increasing. What is the district spending its portion on?
But without an increase in their portion of poverty funds, schools can't keep pace with salary increases and are forced to cut positions, observes Diana Lauber, managing director of the Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform.
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