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CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett: Budget approval reflects 'difficult decisions'

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said Wednesday's budget approval reflects "difficult decisions" that had to be made to deal with a $1 billion budget gap.

The budget taps into nearly $700 million in reserves. The property tax levy will also be increased to the maximum amount allowed by law.

The budget includes $112 million in spending cuts.

Parents, students and community activists earlier Wednesday protested decisions CPS has made and demanded that board members be elected rather than appointed.

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