CPS teachers protest 1400 layoffs, $200M in cuts

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CHICAGO — Dozens of Chicago Union teachers protested CPS cuts outside the mayor’s office Thursday.

Chicago Public Schools officials announced specific cuts the district is making, after paying a massive pension bill it couldn’t afford.

About 1,400 positions will be eliminated, but few are teachers.

All elementary school sports programs will be cut.

CPS will reduce its maintenance staff, and also alter high school start and end times to save on transportation costs.

The cuts will save the district $200 million.

Mayor Emanuel is proposing a property tax increase for future pension payments, but only if the state and teachers chip in.

At Thursday’s protest,  teacher’s union members said the city needs to prioritize its spending.   Chicago Teacher’s Union Treasurer Kristine Mayle said spending money on the new Chicago Riverwalk and other public works projects should take a back seat to education.

 

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