Winners and losers in CPS budget

Sarah Karp | Catalyst Chicago

CPS leadership is proposing a budget that does not include massive layoffs, but that doesn’t mean that some schools aren’t losing teachers and other staff.

This year, for the first time, CPS posted a searchable database that shows school-level and unit-level information on budgets and positions. These numbers show how staffing ebbs and flows among schools. 

Altogether, CPS schools will see a net loss of 182 positions, but 1200 positions closed at 270 schools, largely because of declining enrollment at their schools, while 282 other schools will look to fill about 1000 new positions. 

Neighborhood high schools continue to be hit hard by plummeting enrollment, due mostly to more choices being available for students. In fact the number of high school students has gone up slightly over the past five years, but the share of them in charter schools has also risen.

The result: Of the district’s 106 traditional high schools, 49 of them lost at least one position and, of those that lost positions, the average number was 11.  Even when a neighborhood high school is closed or phased out, CPS officials don’t seem to expect the staff to grow much at the “receiving” school. For example, though Crane High is closing, Wells High School, which is slated to enroll students from Crane’s neighborhood, will get only one more position next year.

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