CPS chief: District can't absorb more cuts

May 3, 2010 10:17:09 AM PDT
The Chicago schools' chief education officer warns that students are facing substantial cuts in important programs, plus increases in class size.

Barbara Eason-Watkins is leaving in June after 35 years with Chicago's schools. She will become the new head of schools in Michigan City, Indiana, schools.

Eason-Watkins told ABC 7 that State of Illinois education aid is already inadequate, and even that low level of support apparently will be reduced.

"The State of Illinois ranks 49th out of all 50 states in terms of education funding. And to think that we're gonna take another hit is something the district just can't absorb," said Barbara Eason-Watkins, Chicago chief education officer.

You can see Alan Krashesky's entire NewsViews interview with Eason-Watkins Sunday morning during ABC 7 News that begins at 8 a.m.