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Over 800 CPS staffers to be laid off this year

A Friday night, the mayor’s out of the country, top public schools’ brass are unavailable, and hundreds of Chicago teachers and support staff are suddenly, if not unexpectedly, out of work.

311 teachers without tenure will be fired, along with over 200 who don’t meet the rating of satisfactory. Also cut are 130 paraprofessionals and about 180 bus aides, part-time and seasonal workers.

Said Chicago Teacher’s Union President Karen Lewis, “this announcement comes as far as I’m concerned to try to spread fear and panic and chaos on a Friday night.”

Chicago Public Schools insists that was not the intent. Nor is it the result. In fact, the silence over these layoffs is deafening. No protests, like the ones we’ve been seeing for months; not even from the teachers union, which claims it hasn’t had time to react.

“We just got this information after you all did,” said Lewis.

School officials say that is not the case. They say their general counsel reached out to the union boss with the bad news around midday today.

CPS declined our requests for on-camera interviews, but in a statement, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett called these layoffs part of a process that will give thousands of Chicago children a better, safer education this fall.

Said Byrd-Bennett, their education will include “safe passage, AC, access to updated technologies, science, computer and media labs, all of which will be made possible by redirecting resources from these underutilized schools as part of the process we created in partnership with the CTU in our joint contract agreement.”

The teacher’s union insists that the estimated number of 855 positions to be cut can’t be real, or even known.

“If you’re gonna lay off all these people, then you are talking about having 45, 50 kids in a class,” said Lewis. “I’m not believing that’s going to happen.”

CPS reminds us this is about plugging a billion-dollar budget hole.

The layoffs don’t stop at the schools. About 100 positions will be cut at CPS headquarters, for a savings of about $52 million.

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7 Comments to “Over 800 CPS staffers to be laid off this year”

    retiredinaz1 said:
    June 14, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    So where was the Union before this went down?

    Wisconsinite said:
    June 14, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    What don't the union understand : BILLION $ short fall. CPS can't just print money like Obama can

    jymar said:
    June 14, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Maybe there would be money for schools, teaching students, and providing sufficient teachers if teachers were not so greedy and demanding so much money! Also, let's get rid of tenure once and for all. No other job provides for tenure.

    Joe Public said:
    June 15, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    What did they expect ? this is a reality when you overprice your self in the job market. The same layoffs should soon be applied to City, County and State jobs.

    retiredinaz1 said:
    June 15, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    and yet they plan on hiring 600 individuals, to "escort" kids to the schools…and be hired for up to 6 hrs a day…….at $10.00 per hour…….hmmmm 600 x 6 x 10.00 x 180 school days = $64, 800.00!!! That would save 5 instructional aide positions!

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