ERIC Number: ED454693
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: An Analysis of the Chicago Public Schools' Capital Improvement Plan.
Ryan, Matt; Schwartz, Chris
This report examines the Chicago Public School System's need for capital improvement, and it highlights action plans for the future. The report reveals that many planned school improvements projects are unfunded and that there is about $229 million worth of projects that no longer appear in the city's capital improvements plan. Overcrowding remains a persistent and unresolved problem, and there has been no clear plan for integrating educational technology. The Chicago public school system alone has $2.5 billion in unfunded capital needs for its schools, but funds allotted for statewide capital needs are rapidly disappearing, and federal assistance in local school construction and repair needs is in jeopardy. It is recommended that, to ensure that the Capital Improvement Program is as fair and efficient as possible, the Chicago Public Schools should release the building assessments for each school facility and make public its demographic predictions for enrollment growth. Appendices contain highlights of capital programs in other major midwestern cities and a summary of Chicago's Teachers' Pension Fund Proposal. (GR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Neighborhood Capital Budget Group, Chicago, IL.