CHICAGO (CBS) –Drastic cuts leading to teacher layoffs and dramatically higher class sizes could hit Chicago classrooms in the first week of February.
Meantime, the Chicago Teachers Union is warning its members to start saving money to get ready for a strike.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports it’s both pretty simple and quite complicated. The teachers want a new contract and more money. CPS not only doesn’t have any more money, but may not be able to finish the school year with what it has. So what we have here is a three-way fight, with Chicago public school students caught in the middle.
“All roads lead through Springfield,” said Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool. “We cannot solve this crisis without Springfield stepping up first.”