1,000 Chicago Teachers To Be Let Go in Annual Layoff
(Chicago Tribune) — In the coming days, Chicago Public Schools officials plan to hand out pink slips to about 1,000 teachers. The layoffs include the annual reduction in teaching staff because of school closings and enrollment declines, but they also include school-based budget cuts to about 150 supplemental teaching positions and program reductions, district officials said. The supplemental positions are held by certified non-classroom teachers who have a variety of roles, including pulling aside students for extra help in reading or math. The district announced cuts to those positions when it released school budgets to principals this month. Most of the reductions, though, are the result of the district’s dipping enrollment and 10 school phaseouts and consolidations approved this year.