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Over a thousand Chicago teachers laid off

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) – A reduced number of students expected in the fall has prompted the layoff of teachers and other staff.

The 1,150 employees, all Chicago Teachers Union members, were told yesterday of their layoffs. The total is less than half the number laid-off last year after the closing of more than 50 schools.

Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett says the district is projected to have 1,780 teaching vacancies in the fall, 1,420 of which are full-time slots. She said the teachers given pink slips can apply for positions made available by retirements and transfers.

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