Emanuel’s CPS budget solution raises more questions than answers

One key to the 11th-hour settlement in negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union on Monday night was Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to declare a $175 million surplus in the city’s tax increment funds – $88 million of it to help plug Chicago Public Schools’ budget gap.  But his decision raised more questions than it answered.

The first question is why Emanuel waited until the last minute to offer the funding.  For months he had resisted demands by CTU, parent and community groups...

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