BREAKING: Chicago Public School Officials Fire 850 Teachers and Staffers

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that about 850 teachers and other employees at schools scheduled to either close this month or reboot their staffs were terminated Friday afternoon.

“At the 48 closing schools, 420 teachers of 1,005 total lost their jobs, plus 110 paraprofessionals and 133 bus aides and part-timers,” the paper says, citing CPS officials. At the five schools headed for “turnaround,” where the children remain in the building but all the adults are replaced, 192 staffers were laid off: 125 teachers, 20 paraprofessionals, 20 bus aides and part-timers and 27 clerks, custodians and security staffers, the Sun-Times reports.

In a news release at the CPS web site, the officials said they had identified more than $52 million in central office, operations and adminstration cuts to help close a fiscal year $1 billion deficit.

“With these new cuts, CPS has so far identified $52.3 million to date in reductions to non-classroom spending for the upcoming fiscal year, with more cuts to be announced in the coming weeks as CPS finalizes its district wide budget,” the release says. “This is in addition to nearly $600 million in reductions to central office and centrally funded programs made since 2011.”


(Photo: CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Mayor Rahm Emanuel/NBC Chicago screengrab)

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