Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis joins CTU members and aldermen at a press availability on July 20, 2017.

Amidst uncertainty over the future of its funding while state legislators and the governor wrangle over state education funding, Chicago Public Schools gave principals some guidance Thursday morning, releasing per pupil spending numbers that are up $200 from last year’s rates. But CPS is not expected to release its full budget until August 7, and in a brief conference call with reporters, CPS CEO Forrest Claypool did not offer details on how the district is planning to address a projected $544 million deficit for Fiscal Year 2018.

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