School board OKs $7.7 billion budget, largest in history
Among the features of this yearâ€™s budget is $31 million in â€œequity grantsâ€ that will go to 219 schools with low or declining enrollments. Chicagoâ€™s school board voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the districtâ€™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...