The big lie

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Who caused the Chicago Public Schools' funding crisis? It was not caused by the retirees or the Chicago Public Schools pension fund.

The layoffs of over 2,000 CPS teachers and paraprofessionals were not caused by CPS's need to make its payments to the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund.

In 1995, the legislature submitted to Mayor Daley's request to use school levies for the school district's operating budget.

These are the facts.

Now is the time to rectify past errors by reinstating the Chicago teacher fund levies. Now is the time to expose the big lie.

George Vergara

Oak Park

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Bruce Samuels from Oak Park  

Posted: August 28th, 2013 4:05 AM

Now is also the time to ask why Chicago's $1.7 billion TIF reserve is not used to assist public schools but to engage in projects such as building a stadium for a private university. TIF funds, to some extent, represent money taken from schools.

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