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CPS Backs off Doomsday Budget Plan, Larger Class Sizes

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Chicago Public Schools are stepping away from a doomsday budget plan that would have put as many as 35 students in one classroom.

UPDATE: Magnet, Gifted Schools May Lose Teachers >>

Schools CEO Ron Huberman said the district is getting more money from the state, so he's able to pull back a little bit from the worst-case scenario.

CPS still faces a shortfall of $300 million.

Under the new plan, full-day preschool is preserved, and kindergarten through eighth grade class sizes will not be changed. In Chicago public high schools, class sizes will go up from 31 students on average to 33.

In the district's regional magnet and gifted programs, there will be teacher layoffs that will affect the quality of what have been elite programs.

There will still be 1,200 teacher layoffs for the coming school year, and that means the fight for the rest of the summer is going to be a battle over a 4 percent pay raise for Chicago teachers.

Huberman said if the CTU and its new leadership agreed to forego the raise, it would save the district $135 million and would reduce those planned layoffs.

FOX Chicago has left messages for new CTU President Karen Lewis to see how the union feels about the developments.

CPS’s budget problems are linked to the state's budget mess, so it may only going to get worse next year.
 

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