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CPS Announces Layoffs in Excess of 1,000

6/30/2014
More than 1,000 Chicago Public School (CPS) teacher and school support staff were laid off last week in addition to the hundreds who lost their jobs at three schools slated for turnaround this year. These layoffs come just two days after a scathing report, released by the Illinois General Assembly’s Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force, found that CPS did not plan last years massive school closings appropriately, negatively affecting families and students; and that the district has not analyzed or further  planned its actions.

CTU President Karen Lewis said in a statement that, “The decision by the mayor and his handpicked Board of Education to lay off 1,150 teachers and school support staff today in yet another brutal attack on public education in Chicago is bitterly disappointing and an example of the continued destruction and decimation of neighborhood schools. In a little over a year, CPS student-based budgeting has led to the removal of close to 5,000 teachers, teacher assistants, librarians, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel (PSRPs), technology coordinators and instructional aides from classrooms as severe cuts cause principals to make the difficult decisions that the district cannot. This loss of teachers and staff will directly impact the quality of instruction offered in our schools, and is unnecessary and shameful for a district that claims to provide a high-quality education for its students."

“With this latest round of layoffs— the fourth time in the past five years in which we have seen summer layoffs in excess of 1,000—and the hundreds of positions lost at the three schools slated for turnaround this year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his Board continue their war on our educators by doing nothing to salvage school budgets other than forcing principals to terminate valued teachers and staff."

Read CTU's complete response online at ctunet.com.

 

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