Wah! Even the suburbs may not be a great option anymore…

March 7, 2010 at 9:07 pm 4 comments

Thanks to Hopeful for sending in this depressing link… 😉

Really, I feel very badly for teachers who get laid off.  It’s not like there’s a ton of other professions where you can easily transfer your skills, right?

Well guys, this is going to be an interesting month for CPS this month, between budget cuts and the 4-Tier system for assigning magnet and gifted/classical spots.

Illinois Schools Chief:  13,500 Layoffs Likely At Schools

March 4, 2010 by admin
Filed under Broadcasts, Governor, State News

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SPRINGFIELD  –  The latest warning from Springfield to local schools across Illinois is to get the pink slips ready.

Illinois State Superintendent Christopher Koch told lawmakers at the statehouse Thursday that the state’s 12-billion dollar budget deficit will likely force local schools across the state to lay off thousands of teachers, administrators, and other workers.

30410Koch1 :15 …in school buildings.”

Koch says if he is ordered to take a budget cut, or is included in Governor Pat Quinn’s 1-point-5 billion dollars in education cuts, the number of layoffs will only grow.

Rockford Democrat Chuck Jefferson says that cannot be allowed to happen. He hopes the legislature does something, and soon.

30410Jefferson1 :14 …number might be.”

Lawmakers have talked about immediate budget cuts, but both Jefferson and Koch say there’s no way a local school could trim anything from its budget before classes let-out in June.

Governor Quinn will deliver his budget proposal next Wednesday.

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  • 1. hopeful  |  March 8, 2010 at 8:44 am

    What happens outside of Chicago is very important to my family, since my husband is a suburban teacher and we are making a move to the suburbs as soon as our place sells. We wanted to be closer to his job and to avoid the Chicago high school problem. (even though we are years away from that) Also, as a teacher myself looking for a job, now in the suburbs, I am doubtful I will be able to find anything. The general feeling is that there won’t be many jobs at all anywhere in IL for the next few years, until 2014, when a MASSIVE set of retirements is supposed to happen.
    Teachers everywhere are watching this mess. We are worried for ourselves and worried for students and families.

  • 2. not so hopeful anymore  |  March 11, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Did anyone else read the article in the Sun-Times today about how Kansas City just voted to shut down half of its schools due to budgetary issues? Half. Wow.

  • 3. cpsobsessed  |  March 12, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Boy, I saw that today. It’s shocking, but as the school board pointed out, it is a bit lax that the district let it go on this long.
    It’s so hard to make tough changes, but there just isn’t the money. I’m not sure what the answer is, but I feel really bad for all parties involved out there.

  • 4. attagirl  |  March 11, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Providence, RI fired ’em ALL:http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/02/23/national/main20035613.shtml

    That said, I don’t agree with your “It’s not like there’s a ton of other professions where you can easily transfer your skills, right?” statement (though I love your blog!). Teachers are some of the most highly skilled professionals I know-they think on their feet, are team players, are life long learners, shift gears easily, deal with what they are given, connect with people well, and are, in general, a pretty talented bunch.

    That said, we sure do have a mess on our hands, don’t we?

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