Roughly 1,100 Chicago Public Schools employees are being laid off, among them 550 teachers whose jobs were cut because of declining enrollment, officials said Thursday.
The teachers who were laid off are eligible to reapply for jobs elsewhere in CPS, officials said. In past years, more than 60 percent of displaced teachers have found work within CPS, according to the district.
CPS said it expects to fill about 1,780 teaching vacancies before school starts in the fall to fill gaps left by retirements, resignations and staff turnover, as well as to fill slots at schools where enrollment increased. Close to 80 percent of the teaching vacancies are full-time positions, the district said.