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Two Teachers On Gale Chopping Block, Including Full-Time Special Ed Staff

By Linze Rice | July 21, 2016 1:35pm
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ROGERS PARK — The Local School Council at Gale Elementary School in Rogers Park voted Wednesday to reject the upcoming school year budget provided by Chicago Public Schools, saying the neighborhood school was poised to lose two full-time staff members — including a special education teacher. 

At a meeting to discuss the school's budget, members of the LSC said they didn't agree with a "severely underfunded budget," which would require them to cut two full-time teachers. 

One of those will be regular classroom teacher, and one dedicated to working with the school's special education population, said Kyle Hillman, a member of the LSC. 

"The LSC didn't feel the severely underfunded budget CPS gave us meets the moral or fiscal obligation Chicago has towards the education of our kids," Hillman said.

Under the new approach to funding, individual schools were given money to carry the costs of special education in their budgets, a departure from past practice where CPS' central office picked up those expenses.

Gale has been hit with deep cuts in recent years.