Jul 7, 2014
Chicago Public Schools announced they are laying off 1,297 workers, about half of whom are teachers. The mayor’s appointed Board of Education had the gall to say that at least it wasn’t as many as last year – when they closed fifty schools!
This is the fourth year out of the last five that Chicago has laid off at least 1,000 workers in the schools. Between these layoffs, school closings, constant churning of staff, and the increase in charter schools, public education in Chicago is under the gun.
It will only get worse until teachers, parents and children push to put their needs on the agenda.