We’re getting more details about the layoffs, but I’m still not making much sense out of it. Who’s getting laid off, from where, and what are they entitled to?
The Tribune reports include 150 school-based supplemental teaching positions and program reductions that aren’t supposed to affect classroom sizes.
OK, then what about the other 850 positions? “Most of the reductions, though, are the result of the district’s dipping enrollment and 10 school phaseouts and consolidations approved this year,” says the Tribune.
OK, then, 850 tenured and probationary teachers are being put out — what about severance pay? According to the Tribune, tenured teachers who lose their jobs because of enrollment or closings get a year of pay, while those fired for budgetary reasons aren’t promised pay or benefits.
I don’t get the difference between being let go for enrollment and being let go for budgetary reasons, but maybe you do?
Last year, 65 percent of teachers were rehired, according to CPS.
Meanwhile, a Tribune reporter has written a long piece about the importance of teachers in her life that I only saw via Catalyst. Anything else I’m missing? Let me know.