CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Public Schools were sending out layoff notices to nearly 500 teachers, as district officials outlined the district’s budget plan for next school year.
“Chicago Public Schools are at a crossroads,” CPS Chief Executive Officer Forrest Claypool said in a conference call to outline the budget plan.
In all, the budget plan includes 1,491 layoffs – 479 teachers, 866 non-teachers at schools, and 146 non-teachers in citywide jobs.
CPS officials said it was fewer teacher layoffs than any other point in the past five years. Last year’s budget included 550 teacher layoffs, and the 2013 budget included more than 1,000 teacher layoffs.
Teachers who are being laid off can apply for approximately 1,400 vacant positions available for the upcoming school year.