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School board OKs $7.7 billion budget, largest in history

Aug 28, 2019 - Chicago Sun-Times

Among the features of this year’s budget is $31 million in “equity grants†that will go to 219 schools with low or declining enrollments. Chicago’s school board voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the district’s proposed budget and capital plan for the new school year.

The passing of the operational budget and the special projects plan came despite wide-ranging concerns by groups including the teachers union, disability advocates, students and parents.

The district also earmarked $120 million for pre-K facilities, including $20 million for classroom conversions at 106 schools for the academic year beginning next month and $100 million for classroom expansion of pre-K seats for the 2020-21 school ye...