Emanuel: Chicago school cuts include layoffs, less maintenance

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CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the nation's third-largest school district is making $200 million in cuts that won't affect schools opening on time or class size.

The reductions detailed at a Wednesday news conference come after the district paid a $634 million pension bill that district officials said it couldn't afford.

Chicago Public Schools Interim CEO Jesse Ruiz says about 1,400 positions will be eliminated, though very few will be teachers. CPS also will reduce facility maintenance and eliminate elementary-school coaching stipends.

Emanuel and school officials blame state lawmakers for causing further debt and say they want to consider renewing a property tax levy for future pension payments, among other things.

Emanuel had asked legislators for a 40-day delay to find a longer-term solution, but the Illinois House rejected it.

 

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3 comments

  • joe

    Of course they are going to blame someone else for their incompetence. The city of Chicago years ago didn’t want to be part of the State’s pension plans for teachers, so they could have complete control of it for themselves, and we see how that went. Just imagine if Chicago gets its own casino and also controls it rather than by the Illinois Gaming Board. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, CPS and CTU need to go. Why are all-in-costs per student at $18,000 per year? Absolutely ridiculous.

  • geo

    stop the free meals for these kids inschool, there off for 10 weeks for summer vac. and i don’t here about any of these kids dieing from lack of food.

    • Erin

      Have you met a kid who’s only meal for the day comes from school? because I have…how dare you say that? Ur very heartless….what they need to do is stop wasteful spending…feeding a kid is the least of their problems Mr. High & Mighty