Chicago Public Schools officials have sent layoff notices to 550 teachers and 600 clerical support staff, but said the teachers will be able to apply for other open jobs with the district for next school year.
The district said the teacher layoffs were the result of enrollment declines at some schools, though CPS has not identified which ones.
However, the district said it expects to have approximately 1,780 vacant teaching slots for next school year, and teachers who received layoff notices can apply for those positions. Approximately 1,400 of the open slots are for full-time teaching positions.
“On average, more than 60 percent of displaced teachers have historically found positions elsewhere in the District. CPS expects this year to meet or exceed our historical experience,” CPS officials said in a handout.
The teachers and clerical staff all are represented by the Chicago Teachers Union, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Source: Chicago CBS