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First wave of Chicago schools closing Wednesday

CTU president fears more teacher layoffs on the way

Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, warned on Tuesday that the 855 pink slips issued by the Chicago Public Schools last week are, perhaps, “just the tip of the iceberg” for CPS layoffs.

The downsizing announced on Friday includes 420 teachers represented by CTU, who taught at the 50 schools scheduled to close when the current school year ends. Lewis said at a City Club of Chicago luncheon on Tuesday that any future layoffs would more likely be the result of district-wide budget troubles than further ramifications from school shut downs.

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CPS lays off over 850 teachers, staffers

As Chicago Public Schools faces a looming $1 billion budget shortfall for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, the district on Friday revealed it will lay off over 850 teachers and staffers.

The district announced that 420 teachers, 100 teaching assistants and 133 other employees at the 50 Chicago Public Schools slated for closure were let go, according to DNAinfo Chicago. CPS also laid off 192 teachers and staff members at schools chosen for “turnaround” this year.

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