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June 7, 2018
How many layoffs at your CPS school?
Chicago Public Schools announced Wednesday that the district will lay off 156 teachers and 382 support personnel at the end of the school year.
June 6, 2018
Chicago Public Schools to cut 156 teachers, 382 support personnel
Chicago Public Schools announced Wednesday that the district will lay off 156 teachers and 382 support personnel at the end of the school…
May 27, 2016
For a second year, layoffs impact about 500 Shelby County educators
On the final day of school, Shelby County Schools announces layoffs — and the expectation of rehiring most of those displaced for other teaching positions.
June 18, 2015
Layoffs impact more than 500 Shelby County educators
Two months after approving $125 million in budget cuts for Shelby County Schools, district leaders announce the layoffs of 520 employees, mostly teachers.
March 5, 2014
Hopson previews staff cuts, reviews school closings and budget changes for 2014-15
Shelby County Schools is preparing to lay off teachers and central office staff in preparation for the "demerger" next year, when thousands of students and hundreds of teachers are likely to leave to attend new suburban school districts near Memphis.
October 30, 2013
No mass teacher layoffs in municipalities planned, Hopson says
Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said at Monday's board meeting and again in a letter on Tuesday that no decisions had yet been made about how teachers in schools that are set to leave the county district will be affected by the separation. Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson reiterated to the public Tuesday that, contrary to rumors, he has no plans of laying off hundreds of teachers and administrators at schools set to be absorbed by breakaway municipal districts at the end of this schools year. Six districts have threatened to leave the county's school system. How teachers will be affected if their schools join a municipal district is an unresolved question. " I know that rumors about potential staffing changes within our district have come up," Hopson said in a letter addressed to the public and posted on the district's Tumblr page. "So I want to be very clear that no such decisions or recommendations have been made. Shelby County Schools is absolutely committed to retaining a high-quality workforce, and we will do that with care and consideration."
January 23, 2013
Walcott: Teacher layoffs not on table after eval deal collapse
The collapse of teacher evaluation talks comes with many costs, but teacher layoffs won't be among them, Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced today. The Department of Education is set to forgo $240 million in increased state school aid after it failed to agree on a new evaluation system with the teachers union by a state deadline last week. State officials have since said the city will have to go without far more funding until it adopts a new evaluation system. Last week, Mayor Bloomberg said it was "much too early to tell” whether the losses would require teacher layoffs, which he has threatened but never carried out in the past. But during a radio appearance today, Walcott said teacher layoffs are not on the table. "We're not looking at layoffs," he told host John Gambling, whose show has been a forum for city, union, and state officials to stake their positions in the conflict.
November 16, 2011
As union sues over layoffs, a view into a school that lost aides
A rally in October against planned layoffs of school aides. Five weeks after more than 650 school workers were laid off, their union…
November 14, 2011
School aides union planning to sue to undo last month's layoffs
Santos Crespo, a local president for the DC-37 labor union, on the last day of work for nearly 700 school aides last month. The union that represents school aides is suing to roll back layoffs of nearly 650 members that took place last month. Lawyers for District Council 37, which includes school aides and parent coordinators, plan to file a lawsuit over the layoffs on Wednesday, according to a press release the union just sent out. The suit will argue that the Department of Education acted in bad faith during its negotiations with DC-37 over the jobs, declining to consider other ways to save money or considering whether the City Council and principals might pitch in with their funds. It will also argue that the DOE violated state law by conducting layoffs that disproportionately affected schools with many poor students. Principals chose to cut school aide positions over the summer as they hammered out slimmed-down budgets for this year, and the layoffs took place in October after charged negotiations between DC-37 and the city failed.
October 7, 2011
Tears, vows to fight back, punctuate school aides' final workday
Santos Crespo, a local president for the DC-37 labor union, denounces layoffs on last day of work for more than 700 school aides. For many parents at Marta Valle High School, Cliftonia Johnson, a school aide, was the first line of defense when their children cut class. Johnson, 48, has spent two years at the Lower East Side School, where she works as a community associate, taking attendance and communicating with families of students who skip school—a job that sometimes requires calling hundreds of parents on the phone each week. She was one of close to 700 public school aides laid off today because of city budget cuts. Speaking this afternoon in front of City Hall at the latest of several rallies that District Council-37 union workers have held this month to denounce the district-wide layoffs, Johnson said her position is invaluable to her school community: “These high school kids barely come to school. It’s tough to get them to go to school because a lot of them don’t believe they’re worthy of an education, and you need someone who looks like them to tell them they are worthy,” she said. Johnson, who is black, echoed union criticisms that the layoffs disproportionally targeted people of color, to the detriment of school communities with substantial minority populations. “If you take our [outreach] away, you’re making it worse. ”
October 5, 2011
Despite ongoing DC-37 protest, Walcott says layoffs fight is over
City Council members, union officials, and parents spent yesterday agitating for a last-minute deal to avert layoffs planned for more than 700 school aides. Council…
October 4, 2011
Quinn says council will hold a public hearing on DC 37 layoffs
A rally against the planned layoffs of school aides who belong to DC-37 Using new strategies, City Council members are mounting a final push to stave off the school aide layoffs that are scheduled to take place at the end of the week. Speaker Christine Quinn spoke to Mayor Bloomberg today about the layoffs, according to a Quinn spokesman, who said she plans to schedule a joint public hearing with the Finance and Education Committees to find out more about the scale of the proposed cuts. The DOE has maintained that the layoffs would save at least $38 million, but union officials dispute that total. "By our calculations, it should be closer to $22 and $25 million," said District Council 37's Local 372 president Santos Crespo at a press conference today. The event brought dozens of union and elected officials out in support of Crespo's union workers. It was then followed by a larger rally this evening that attracted Occupy Wall Street protesters. Quinn's announcement comes just days after the Black, Latino and Asian caucus discussed the option following a meeting with Chancellor Dennis Walcott in which little progress was made. Quinn has kept the issue at arms length up to this point, but inveighed against any future teacher layoffs last month on the first day of school. Crespo, who has offered three concession proposals to Walcott, said the council's intervention is the union's best option at this point. "What's going to make [the DOE] respond is going to be the City Council. If that happens, then we'll get to the bottom of this and see where the money is really going."
September 27, 2011
City Council comes to table on talks to avert school aide layoffs
Union members and community members join Santos Crespo at P.S. 66 in the Bronx to protest school aide layoffs today. With the deadline to prevent layoffs of hundreds of school aides nearing, a familiar player is being introduced to help break up an impasse on negotiations. Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who has already rejected one proposal by DC-37 and its affiliate Local 372, which represent the aides, has accepted an invitation to meet with members of the council “discuss the issue pertaining to the DC37 layoffs,” according to an email sent out to the members today. The meeting is scheduled to take place tomorrow afternoon. Union officials are hoping that the City Council, which successfully brokered the deal to save more than 4,000 teacher layoffs in June, can once again come up with a solution to save jobs. One tool the council won't have is money; while the fight to prevent teacher layoffs took place before the 2012 budget was finalized, now all of the council's funds have been committed. "I assume this meeting is an attempt to help resolve some of the issues preventing an agreement between the union and the DOE," said an aide for one of the council members who will attend the meeting. The meeting is being convened by council members from the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus. School aides are the lowest paid school employees and are disproportionately black and Latino. So far, there has been no progress made in direct negotiations between union officials and the DOE, which announced lay offs of over 700 employees last month. At the time, DOE officials said that DC-37 employees were targeted because they were not willing to agree to budget concessions earlier in the summer. But talks reopened earlier this month and Walcott has said he continues to be open to more proposals.
September 15, 2011
School aides union and DOE in talks to prevent layoffs
Hundreds of Department of Education employees doomed to lose their jobs next month might not be laid off after all. Talks to avert the layoffs of 737 school aides were rekindled this afternoon between the DOE and labor officials representing the employees, according to union officials who are directly involved in the negotiations. "I can tell you that we made significant proposals to see if we can prevent these layoffs," said one of the sources, who requested anonymity because negotiations were ongoing. "I feel very positive about the meeting today." The layoffs to non-pedagogical school staff were abruptly announced last month by the DOE and came after the city blamed the employees' unions for not providing "any real savings that could have saved these jobs." The layoffs caught union leaders at DC-37, the city's largest municipal union and its affiliate Local 372 off guard. Local 372 President Santos Crespo, who said he attended this afternoon's meeting, criticized the layoffs as political and being too heavily concentrated in the city's poor and minority communities. The drama over layoffs at the Department of Education has persisted since last year, when Mayor Bloomberg first announced that thousands of teachers' jobs would have to be cut because of widening gaps in the budget. Those talks temporarily ceased in late June, however, when the teachers union agreed to concessions in an eleventh hour deal to avert the layoffs.
September 7, 2011
On eve of school year, parents take aim at school aide layoffs
The city should rethink the money used on outside consultants to save the jobs of the school aides, health workers, and parent coordinators…
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