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Schools Cut Teaching Jobs in Illinois

Posted on August 4, 2010

The Chicago Public Schools Board of Education has eliminated over 600 teaching jobs in Illinois, as part of statewide effort to tackle a large budget deficit.

Around 1400 more teachers and staff are expected to be let go within the next few weeks.

The current state budget deficit in Illinois is over $11 billion. CPS face a $370 million shortfall in the coming year.

The state budget deficit is one of the highest in the nation.

CPS officials plan to impose more concessions on teachers as well as reduce staff to make up for the shortfall.

In addition, 29 schools are at risk of being shutdown entirely and are declared on state financial watch.

In Illinois alone, over 17,000 teachers had been laid off throughout the state during the 2009-2010 school year. That number is widely expected to be larger than 20,000 before the new school year begins in mid-August.

At least 3,000 teachers have been laid off by CPS officials since March.

The Illinois state legislature has shut down dozens of public schools, but at the same time has approved 60 new charter schools since 1997, clearly seen as a push to privatize public education.

Illinois has the fifth highest unemployment rate in the country and almost 30 percent of the populationlives below the poverty line
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