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Over 1,000 Teachers and Staff Laid Off in Chicago

1,150 Teachers and Staff Laid Off in Chicago

Close to 1,200 teachers in Chicago public schools received layoff notices this week due to declining enrollment. The city school's chief said pink slips went out to 550 teachers and 600 other members of the Chicago Teachers Union. 

Teachers could reapply for the 1,780 vacancies to be filled in other schools that did not see enrollment declines, said USA Today. In the past reductions, 60 percent have been re-hired. Union President Karen Lewis is outraged and said the job cuts are "yet another brutal attack on public education" and an "example of the continued destruction and decimation of neighborhood schools."

"There are an ever-increasing number of charter schools siphoning students out of public schools and contributing to a system of dysfunction and instability that leads parents to seek other options for their children."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor


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