CPS Lays Off Nearly 950 Employees
Chicago Public Schools announced Monday that nearly 950 employees would be laid off, including 350 teachers. The budget for the school year has still not been set, and CPS school’s chief Forrest Claypool is delaying the release of this fall’s budget. Why? Claypool said he wants to “allow Springfield more time to resolve the statewide education funding crisis.”
The remaining employees laid off, according to Chicago Teachers Union Stacy Davis, includes 362 classroom aides and 221 employees responsible for security and special education aides.
Districts are supposed to make their first payment by Aug. 10, but it doesn’t look promising. Illinois state law requires all schools in the state to have an operating budget for the year by Sept. 1, but the next Chicago Board of Education meeting scheduled for Aug. 23 has already been pushed back.
That’s not even all of it! Schools throughout the state may lose more staff depending on the total enrollment numbers by the 20th day of school. Each school is awarded a budget based on the number of students enrolled. If numbers are below the projected counts, the school’s budget will decrease and more staff may be at risk for layoffs.