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Chicago School System’s $1 Billion Deficit Forces Layoffs for 850 Teachers, Staff

Posted on | June 14, 2013 | 24 Comments

Is this the Hope or the Change?

The worst fears of Chicago Public School teachers and staffers were confirmed Friday when district officials announced it was laying off some 850 employees.
“Given the historic financial crisis facing our District, next year’s budget will not come without painful decisions, which is why we are making tough choices at central office in order to minimize impacts to our classrooms,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett in a statement Friday. “We will continue this work over the next several weeks to further identify reductions to central office spending to help close the District’s $1 billion deficit and make sure that every dollar helps protect precious classroom funding.”
Affected employees are those in the 55 schools closing at the end of the current school year as well as those slated for “turnaround”, WBEZ reports. CPS said a portion of those losing their jobs were either probationary teachers or teachers with unsatisfactory performance reviews.

(Insert “recovery summer” joke here.)



24 Responses to “Chicago School System’s $1 Billion Deficit Forces Layoffs for 850 Teachers, Staff”

  1. DaveO
    June 14th, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    I wonder how much money Chicago loses in lawsuits each year? Considering Rahmbo’s War Against African Americans, I’m surprised Chicago only has a $1bn deficit.

  2. Kevin Trainor Jr.
    June 14th, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    It’s a good start.

  3. Kevin Trainor Jr.
    June 14th, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    Kevin Trainor Jr. liked this on Facebook.

  4. Barbara Espinosa
    June 14th, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

    Emanuel unveils $1.1 billion DePaul Navy pierarena,.Laying off 850 teachers but can afford a billion dollar arena.

  5. Ray Stickler
    June 14th, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

    Since 95% of Chicago teachers are rated excellent or above, how are they going to find 850 teachers with unsatisfactory performance reviews?

  6. ajpwriter
    June 14th, 2013 @ 9:41 pm

    Leviathan is getting awfully damn unreliable of late.

  7. Adjoran
    June 14th, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

    Ah, yes, the cycle can only go around a limited number of times, can it? Government schools turn out uneducated kids by inept teachers and administrators, the district slides, economy goes down, those who can leave, property values decline, school raises taxes, more leave, schools get worse, etc.

    Bills are beginning to come due in Chicago and elsewhere. We would be fools to mortgage the future throwing good money after bad. Force school districts and Democratic municipalities into bankruptcy. Start over.

  8. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 14th, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

    As goes Chicago, so goes the Nation… The only cure according to our GOP elites are fertile creative immigrants (so what if they came here illegally).

  9. alfred
    June 14th, 2013 @ 10:42 pm

    Didn’t the teachers strike last year for a raise, how did that work out for them?

  10. rmnixondeceased
    June 14th, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

    Bread and Circuses …

  11. Richard McEnroe
    June 14th, 2013 @ 11:18 pm

    Hey! Here’s a plan! Let’s fire a buncha teachers , close s shitload of schools AND THEN STUFF THE KIDS OF 11,000,000 IMMIGRANTS INTO WHAT’S LEFT! WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

    Democrats are not only incapable of governing, they’re apparently indifferent to it.

  12. ChandlersGhost
    June 15th, 2013 @ 12:12 am

    Having a job is nothing compared to endless self-esteem.

  13. rmnixondeceased
    June 15th, 2013 @ 2:11 am

    These numbers are as reliable as the monthly jobs reports … and as costly. The fired teachers and staff are most likely all unionistas with a hefty severance package and pension plans … playing a shell game financially, kicking the can further down the road.

  14. Quartermaster
    June 15th, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    The Jebster© thinks it mainly the fertility. The illegals are entrepreneurial and we need the taxes to secure the border.

    A lot of us have said it before – NO MORE BUSHES!

  15. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    June 15th, 2013 @ 11:25 am
  16. Bob Belvedere
    June 15th, 2013 @ 1:20 pm


  17. Bob Belvedere
    June 15th, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

    Meet the New Detroit, [soon to be] same as the Old Detroit,

  18. Bob Belvedere
    June 15th, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

    Yes, but starting over will do no good if the people running the show are still the same.

  19. Adjoran
    June 15th, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

    At some point, voters either have to wise up or live with their bad choices. Bankruptcies at least clear off the crushing burdens on future generations of unrealistic retirement benefits given union thugs.

  20. Adjoran
    June 15th, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

    With new state-imposed leadership, I expect New Detroit will be smarter, and get the heck out of town!

  21. Bob Belvedere
    June 15th, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

    Good point. But we shouldn’t go into this thinking it’s a curative.

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  23. Proof
    June 16th, 2013 @ 4:24 am

    Well, they can at least take comfort in the fact that Obama still has enough cash for a pricey African vacation. Maybe he could send them all a post card with his picture on it?

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