Over 800 CPS staffers to be laid off this year


A Friday night, the mayor’s out of the country, top public schools’ brass are unavailable, and hundreds of Chicago teachers and support staff are suddenly, if not unexpectedly, out of work.

311 teachers without tenure will be fired, along with over 200 who don’t meet the rating of satisfactory. Also cut are 130 paraprofessionals and about 180 bus aides, part-time and seasonal workers.

Said Chicago Teacher’s Union President Karen Lewis, “this announcement comes as far as I’m concerned to try to spread fear and panic and chaos on a Friday night.”

Chicago Public Schools insists that was not the intent. Nor is it the result. In fact, the silence over these layoffs is deafening. No protests, like the ones we’ve been seeing for months; not even from the teachers union, which claims it hasn’t had time to react.

“We just got this information after you all did,” said Lewis.

School officials say…

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