CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Public Schools officials said Tuesday that they are seeking to implement a new sick day policy for non-union workers, ending a decades-long practice that has cost the system tens of millions of dollars a year.
Right now, those workers are allowed to carry over and accrue up to 325 sick days, which often means large cash payouts when those workers retire or leave CPS and cash in their unused sick days.
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When the Chicago Board of Education meets next week, CPS Chief Executive Officer Jean-Claude Brizard will present the board with a proposal to end that policy. Officials have not yet said what the new policy would include.
“We intend to present a comprehensive policy to the Board that will do away with generous payouts that we simply can no longer afford so that we can invest more dollars to boost student achievement,” Brizard said in a news release.
CPS said it wants to end the decades-old sick day policy, which costs the system an average of $37 million a year. The change would not affect union employees.