Layoffs: Chicago School System Issues 850 Pink Slips
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

This is not a happy weekend for teachers and school support staff in Chicago.

The Associated Press reports that nearly 850 Chicago Public Schools employees received layoff notices on Friday. This includes about 550 teachers, along with scores of teacher assistants, bus aides, custodians and others.

Officials said they had identified $52 million in budget cuts to help close a $1 billion deficit in the next fiscal year. The estimated savings does not include how much the district might save through layoffs – most of them resulting from the Board of Education’s decision last month to close 50 schools.

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Aaron Morrison is an award-winning New York area-based multimedia journalist with a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Aaron uses video, audio, photography, the web and social networks to tell captivating stories across all media platforms. Over the last year, Aaron has worked as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Record (Gannett) in northern New Jersey. Before that, he spent the spring of 2010 as the temporary legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press' statehouse bureau in Trenton, N.J. In his down time, Aaron enjoys the company of his friends and extended family. He is a fan of culinary arts and dreams of having a home kitchen so tricked out that Julia Child turns over in her grave.