Chicago schools budget calls for borrowing, teacher layoffs

Darlene Hill and Corey McPherrin.

- Some days, it feels as if we will never have a budget for the state of Illinois. Monday morning, some people say they are fed up with the inaction by lawmakers in Springfield.

Community activists from organizations such as the Chicago Teachers Union, SEIU, and the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus took part in a rally and march against the state's budget impasse.

Chicago Public Schools officials have proposed a $5.7 billion budget that includes nearly 500 teacher layoffs and banks on $480 million in new funding from state government that might not come.

Officials announced the details Monday. Already, officials had previewed cuts, including laying off non-teaching staff.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports CPS officials acknowledge the budget is an "unsustainable" mix of borrowing and cuts, but say it's necessary to make a required $676 million teacher pension payment.

The budget outlines 479 teacher layoffs, though most teachers are rehired by the district and there are over 1,400 teaching positions to be filled before school starts.

School CEO Forrest Claypool says he hopes state lawmakers will see the budget and provide help

The Chicago Teachers Union didn't immediately have comment.

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