After layoffs of nearly 1,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff were announced Friday, Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10th) weighed in on the issue Monday and called for "transparency" from the school district.
According to the alderman's office, 25 educators from 10th Ward schools were laid off.
"The recent news from the mayor's appointed CEO has left me, parents and students with more questions than answers," Sadlowski Garza, a former CPS counselor Jane Addams Elementary School, said in a statement. "Working families are being asked to pay more and more through taxes, fees and fines, yet we are receiving less and less every year. Each year we lose more services. We lost mental health clinics, library hours and then 50 schools -- now we're losing 1,000 CPS employees."
CPS officials, who maintain that the recent "staffing changes are part of the normal process of school planning," said employees impacted by the layoffs will have an opportunity to apply for 1,000 open positions within the district.
UPDATE (11 a.m.): CPS officials will reportedly release the district's budget today. The Chicago Teachers Union plans to hold a news conference later this afternoon to respond to the budget and comment on the "ongoing contract talks and the road ahead for the new school year."