CPS budget calls for nearly 500 teacher layoffs

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CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools officials have proposed a $5.7 billion budget that includes nearly 500 teacher layoffs and banks on $480 million in new state funding that might not come.

Officials announced details Monday for what was already expected to be a tough budget.

CPS officials acknowledge the budget is an "unsustainable" mix of borrowing and cuts, but say it's necessary to make a required $676 million teacher pension payment.

The budget outlines 479 layoffs, though most teachers are rehired and over 1,400 teaching positions must be filled before school starts.

School CEO Forrest Claypool says he hopes legislators will help, though attempts have been unsuccessful.

Chicago Teachers Union officials criticized CPS for including the $480 million, along with the proposal to stop picking up a percentage of teachers' retirement contribution.


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  • Tracy

    I was laid off yesterday. I am a good teacher and always got high marks on my observations, my students showed growth, and I kept my head down and did what I was supposed to do. This layoff is a tragedy and a personal devastation to many people. Not something to make snide comments about.

    • Keshia

      I think it’s awful to layoff teachers. They could easily find other ways to make or cut budget. The children are our future and if there are no teachers to teach them then what future do our children have??? Poor education, unemployed equal crime. Expect crime rate to increase because people WILL become desperate.