About 850 teachers and staff at Chicago Public Schools were laid off as 48 Chicago schools are set to close this month, officials said.
Among those laid off are teachers, some of whom were tenured, paraprofessionals, bus aides and part-timers, all of whom were informed about the layoffs Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Some teachers and staff retained their employment and will be allowed to move with their children to the schools where they’re being incorporated.
Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the school district’s chief executive officer, said students will benefit from the school closures because funds that were being directed to their former schools will be redistributed among those still open.
The consolidated schools “will give thousands of children this fall an opportunity to access a safe, higher-quality, 21st-century education with all of the investments that parents, principals, teachers and we agree children need for a bright future such as a library, safe passage, AC, access to updated technologies, science, computer and media labs, all of which will be made possible by redirecting resources from these underutilized schools as part of the process we created in partnership with the [Chicago Teachers Union] in our joint contract agreement.”
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