• The hatchet: Insiders tell Sneed to look out for the massive cuts as a down payment on bridging this year’s $500 million budget gap — and an effort to avert the worst impacts on classrooms.

Sneed is told about 450 CPS administrative jobs could be chopped to the tune of $50 million. The CPS Central Office, which has 1,400 administrative positions, has a $150 million budget.

• The hammer: Beginning Wednesday, the Chicago Teachers Union will hold a three-day vote to authorize a teachers strike.