Cops in schools too costly: Chicago Public Schools

Rosalind Rossi:

Do all Chicago public high schools really need two Chicago police officers stationed inside them every day — at a cost of $25 million a year?

The tab for police service — begun under former Mayor Richard M. Daley — recently more than tripled, prompting Chicago Public School officials faced with a $712 million deficit to start taking a hard look at whether every penny of that cost is being spent effectively.

“We’re looking at if we need two police officers in every high school all day long. My guess is we don’t,” CPS Chief Administrative Officer Tim Cawley told the Chicago Sun-Times.