Some 850 teachers and staffers in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district were fired Friday.
The firings come as a result of the Chicago Board of Education's vote to close 50 schools, turnaround five and co-locate, or consolidate, 11 others.
At the closing schools, 450 teachers were given pink slips, while 133 bus aides and other part-time staff as well as 110 paraprofessionals lost their jobs. Teachers who lost their jobs at the closing schools did not have adequate performance ratings nor enough tenure to possibly fill open positions at the schools where their students are set to attend.
For the turnaround schools, which will see every adult in the school fired regardless of performance, 125 teachers; 192 staffers; 20 paraprofessionals; 27 clerks, janitors and security staff; and 20 bus aides and part-timers were laid off. At the turnaround schools, all those who lost their jobs can reapply for other positions within the district. According to CPS data, 60 percent of teachers who reapply are granted new jobs.
Additional layoffs due to budget cuts could still take place in the district.