CPS budget hearing: Public sounds off, seeks explanation over budget issues

CHICAGO -- The opening of Chicago Public Schools on September 6 is still in question, as school officials and teachers union leaders fight over spending, benefits and school improvements.

A public hearing  was held Thursday morning with a lot of budget issues for people to sound off on, and some were eager to here more explanations from CPS.

Some want to know why the board is planning to spend more on capital projects when the district faces a huge budget deficit.

The school budget is still $150 million out of balance, despite the layoffs of 500 teachers a few weeks ago.

CPS held jobs fair Wednesday, looking for new teachers.

Mayor Emanuel says the teachers union needs to be part of the solution.

The teachers union plans a strategy session Saturday at the UIC, with the threat of a strike still looming.

The CTU and CPS negotiations resume today, but raises and pensions remain major sticking points.