More than 650 Chicago Public School employees will be laid-off because of the record number of upcoming school closures.
It’s a result of CPS’s decision to shut down 49 elementary schools and one high school program.
663 employees, including teachers, teaching assistants and bus aides, were notified Friday they will be let go.
And, this may not be the end of the bad news. Principals are still finalizing their staffing plans, and that could mean more layoffs.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis called Friday’s announcement premature and disingenuous.
Following this announcement, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett released the following statement:
“Consolidating underutilized schools will give children an opportunity to access a safe, higher-quality, 21st-century education with all of the investments that parents, principals, teachers and we agree children need…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 teacher’s union in our joint contract agreement.”