Chicago Public Schools said Friday that 663 employees at schools the district is closing, including teachers, teaching assistants and bus aides, don't qualify to follow students to their new schools and will be laid off.
The total includes 420 teachers, more than a third of them with tenure but rated either unsatisfactory or satisfactory. That allows them to be let go under the teachers union contract, which protects only teachers with excellent or superior ratings.
The cuts are a result of the district's decision to close 49 elementary schools and a high school program that CPS says are underenrolled. More cuts are likely as the district implements its controversial plan, by far the largest school shutdown effort ever attempted in Chicago.
The threat of additional layoffs for teachers at the schools that are closing remains. About 600 teachers from closing schools meet the criteria to move with their students to CPS-designated receiving schools. But it's not known how many slots will be open to them. That will be decided by principals at the receiving schools as they finalize staffing plans for the coming school year.
Also to be determined is how many principals, clerks and other employees will lose their jobs as a result of the school closings, said CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll.
The district also Friday announced layoffs at five underperforming schools slated for overhauls, known as turnarounds. In an effort to raise the performance level of those schools, almost all employees are let go and new staff is hired.
CPS said 192 employees, 125 of them teachers, will lose their jobs as a result of those turnaround decisions, which, like the closings, were approved in May.
The Chicago Teachers Union has expressed concerns that budget cuts will result in additional layoffs.
There is a process for teachers who are let go to get their jobs back, and officials said 60 percent of teachers who lose positions often find new ones in the district.
The district faces a budget deficit for the coming year of nearly $1 billion. CPS on Friday said it will cut staff at its headquarters in an ongoing attempt to address the shortfall, eliminating 100 positions that the district says is part of an effort to save up to $52 million in operations and administrative costs.
While individual school budgets have been sent out to principals, CPS has yet to release details on its overall budget, which must be approved by the end of August.