Today, CPS is in the process of laying off over 1,000 teachers and 1,000 support personnel. This, after spending months saying that their budget cutting would be kept far away from the classroom. Class sizes will be increasing, programs like art and music will be cut, and the only thing that will save the schools from absolute disaster will be a corps of dedicated teachers and PSRPs who are constantly being asked to do more with less.
It’s kind of a frowned upon to talk about teaching as a job. There are 2,000 people who have sacrificed for the children of this city who are now being told that they have to find work elsewhere. They’re being told one month before the start of the school year. It’s already next to impossible for an experienced teacher to find a job. Now, they’re being laid off after most of the jobs out there have been filled.
Even worse, they’re mucking up the layoff notices in true CPS fashion. A friend of mine, who is an outstanding teacher, posted on Twitter that instead of calling him, they called his mother to tell her that he was being laid off. They must have got her phone number off of his emergency contact information. As he put it, “My mom doesn’t need that burden. I should get to cushion the blow to her.”
“It’s unconscionable for a mayor who has found creative ways to create new bike lanes, a bike share program, lure white collar jobs and massive investment to the Loop and Gold Coast — but blames Springfield and teachers for CPS’s budget crisis— to lay off over 3,000 educators in the nation’s third-largest school district,” the union said.
“CPS released data from the 2013 Illinois State Achievement Test. When compared to last year’s numbers — adjusted to the changing way of scoring students — this year’s results showed a modest 1.8 percent increase in students who meet or exceed state standards for their grade level.”
“When people ask me, ‘How did you achieve the results that you did?’ I give them a list. And almost everything on that list has been decimated by this budget,” LaRaviere said from the podium of a press conference held at City Hall by a coalition of labor and school activists.”