Happy Mothers Day.

The Chicago Public Schools is about to write the biggest check in the school district’s history. It owes the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund $715.9 million on June 30.

That looming pension payment has been a main driver of the money problems the school district has been grappling with all year. You’ve almost certainly heard about them.

There’s been budget cut after budget cut. There have been threats of ending school early. There was an unsuccessful lawsuit. There’s still a $129 million hole in the budget. And the state is months behind in paying the school district hundreds of millions of dollars.

The rhetoric continues to heat up in a last-minute scramble for money.

One thing is clear: the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund won’t be getting the full $715.9 million owed to it on June 30. CPS plans to subtract $250 million from that total. WBEZ – read more — https://preaprez.wordpress.com/2017/05/14/happy-mothers-day/

Fred Klonsky

18489677_10203175656828010_6732039538177920987_oDowntown Chicago circa 1972. Photo: David Senner. 

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Federal immigration agents showed up at a Queens elementary school looking for a fourth grader — but were turned away at the door, officials said Saturday.

Officers from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services had no warrant when they arrived at Public School 58 in Maspeth, Queens, officials said.

“All students, regardless of immigration status, are welcome in NYC public schools, and parents should rest assured that we will do everything on our power to protect students, staff and families,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. NY Daily News

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The Chicago Public Schools is about to write the biggest check in the school district’s history. It owes the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund $715.9 million on June 30.

That looming pension payment has been a main driver of the money problems the school district has been grappling with all year. You’ve almost…

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