Of the 1,036 teachers being let go, about half are tenured. The rest of those affected are non-teachers and support staff.
Back in June, CPS laid off 855 employees, including 420 teachers. They were let go because of the district’s decision to close 49 elementary schools and a high school program.
CPS’ latest lay offs come at a time when it’s struggling to fix a one billion dollar deficit.
CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett released a statement Friday morning saying in part, “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.”
She went on to point out the central office has already cut nearly $600 million since 2011.
The Chicago Teachers Union says in response, “It’s unconscionable for a mayor who has found creative ways to create new bike lanes, a bike share program, lure white collar jobs and massive investment to the loop and gold coast — but yet blames Springfield and teachers for CPS’s budget crisis to layoff over 3,000 educators in the nation’s third largest school district.”