Chicago restores $15M in frozen funds to low-income schools

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools officials say they’ll restore $15 million of once-frozen discretionary funds to some of the district’s poorest schools.

The move increases the district’s budget gap to $129 million.

Officials had reduced principal’s discretionary funds to cut costs. The money is used for school supplies, among other things.

However, the district faced criticism for the cuts, including at a recent board meeting. Schools with more low income-students saw discretionary funds cut at twice the rate and schools with a majority of Hispanic students saw bigger freezes than mostly white schools, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

School officials say the freeze can’t be equal in all schools, but they wanted to respond to concerns.

CEO Forrest Claypool says money was restored to over 400 schools qualifying for low-income funding.