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.