CPS expected to lay off more than 2,000 employees today
CPS is expected to lay off more than 2,000 employees today, and more than half of them are teachers.
The layoffs are in addition to the more than 800 employees who were let go last month as a result of school closures.
District officials say the cuts are necessary in order to close a $1-billion budget deficit, which they blame on the lack of pension reform in Springfield.
About half of the teachers being let go today are tenured.
The Chicago Teachers Union says CPS lied to parents, employees and the public about keeping budget cuts away from the classroom.
CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett released this statement:
“As a former principal and teacher, I share the frustration felt by many of our principals, teachers, and parents about the difficult decisions our schools are being forced to make because of the historic $1 billion deficit facing our district. Driven by the lack of reform in Springfield, the pension crisis has arrived at our schools, and while we have reduced Central Office, administrative and operations spending by nearly $600 million since 2011 to mitigate the impact on our classrooms, we cannot cut our way out of this crisis. We need parents, LSCs, elected officials and school communities to join us as partners to secure pension relief and maintain critical investments that put our children on a path toward a bright future.”