The Chicago Public School district is slashing more than 2,100 employees, nearly 1,000 of them teachers, in the largest layoff of district employees in recent years.
The Chicago Teachers Union announced news of the layoff Thursday evening noting staff cuts include teachers, lunchroom staff, paraprofessionals, janatorial and school support staff.
Blaming a ballooning pension obligation that’s stressing the already cash-strapped district, CPS confirmed it was laying off 2,113 employees Friday, according to Sun-Times reports. With 1,036 teachers getting pink-slipped, the total accounts for roughly 4 percent of the district’s entire teaching staff.
CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett called the cuts frustrating according to NBC Chicago, and put the need for the budget cuts largely at the feet of the Illinois General Assembly which has failed to find a solution to the state’s pension obligations.