Emanuel's $75 Million In School Cuts Could Mean Longer Bus Rides, Dirtier Schools

06/02/2011 05:28 pm ET | Updated Aug 02, 2011
  • Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Public Schools students will have longer bus rides and schools that are half-empty will be dirtier -- thanks to $75 million in "non-classroom" cuts ordered Thursday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's handpicked schools team.

With a $720 million deficit -- and $77 million more in new budget cuts authorized by the Illinois General Assembly -- the latest round of bureaucratic belt-tightening merely keeps the system "running in place," as chief operating officer Tim Cawley put it.

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