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CPS Lays Off More Than 2,000 Employees

7/19/2013
On Friday, July 19, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) issued more than 2,000 layoff notices due to slashed budgets, school closings, and other actions.

Chicago Teachers Union President and IFT Executive Vice President Karen Lewis released the following statement regarding the layoffs:
“Once again, CPS  has lied to parents, employees and the public about keeping the new school-based budget cuts away from the classroom,” said CTU President Karen Lewis. “On Friday, CPS will reportedly lay off 1,074 teachers, 451 paraprofessionals and 550 other employees, on top of the nearly 850 professionals who lost their positions in June and the 550 probationary appointed teachers (PATs) and 22 Title I teachers who were laid off in May.  The loss of these workers will have a direct impact on the quality of instruction offered in our schools under the imposed ‘longer school day.’  These cuts are unnecessary and shameful for a system that prides itself on providing a high-quality education for our students.

“It is equally shameful that as CPS slashes school budgets, they have not offered one sound recommendation to resolve their “budget crisis” other than attacking teachers, closing schools, disrupting communities and vilifying parents. CPS can generate new revenue by closing corporate loopholes, engaging the banks about toxic swaps, re-examining the city’s TIF program, and supporting a financial transaction tax which could put billions of dollars back into our schools. Once, again the most vulnerable children are going to receive the least. This will impact every single student in our district.

“This also says much about the district’s much-touted, but poorly executed, “Longer School Day,” program which they have recently branded as a “fuller day.” How can a “full day” function without the appropriate staffing and funding levels and when schools that lack books, toilet paper and other necessities? These cuts will surely increase class sizes. What we have now is the ‘empty day.’

Visit the CTU website to read about your rights if you are affected by the layoffs.
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