Investors to Chicago Public Schools: Pay Up

Numerous people are nuanced when talking about education for the youth in America. There is nothing wrong with wanting the best for children getting a good education. Reality of economics is often ignored when debating education by those either in the profession or sitting in local/state/federal government. Multiple school districts across America are facing horrendous financial situations due to terrible contract negogiations with teacher unions, unreasonable spending habits and mismanaged overall budget assumptions by local governments. shows how one of the biggest school districts just learned the harsh reality in its attempts to fund the schools. I suggest reading the link as it has another chart in how much CPS debt has grown. Below are a few snippets:

Chicago Public Schools, or CPS, needs to issue $875 million in long-term bonds to help the district avoid bankruptcy – but on Jan. 27, the school district backed out of the planned sale. The district announced that it has postponed the bond sale and will assess the situation on a day-to-day basis.

The failure to issue the bonds means the district has to postpone the refinancing of several debts.According to CPS, $340 million of the total borrowings will be dedicated to refinancing old debt, and nearly $90 million will go toward paying off other short-term loans. The district plans to use nearly $400 million to pay for capital projects.

Pressure on CPS’ finances has already led to multiple credit downgrades, pushing the school district deep into “junk bond” status. Moody’s Investors Service, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services and Fitch Ratings have all recently downgraded the district’s $6 billion debt to four steps below investment grade.

CPS’ poor credit rating means the city will pay a penalty interest rate over and above what government entities with good credit ratings pay – not unlike the punishing interest rates that people with poor credit scores are forced to pay.



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