"District spokesman Mike Vaughn sought to downplay the dismissals,
saying that other school districts in Illinois have long had a similar
system for dismissing probationary teachers. This is not a groundbreaking approach here, he said last week.
Vaughn said that of the citys 9,300 probationary teachers, only about
10 percent were dismissed, and that they were free to apply to other
schools in Chicago. As many as 70 percent of the 1,100 teachers
dismissed last year subsequently found jobs in other city schools, he
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