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Chicago to Lay Off 700 Teachers And Support Staff as District Sets Out to Fill 1,900 New Positions

Chicago Public Schools will lay off 286 teachers and 417 support staff because of declining enrollment and programmatic changes, the district said Thursday. But it is also ramping up hiring in other areas, looking to fill 1,900 positions by fall.

All recruitment and hiring will take place virtually, the district said, and laid-off employees will be invited to reapply.

Last year, Chicago Public Schools laid off 220 teachers and nearly 500 support personnel. It rehired more than two-thirds of those educators for open positions at other schools.

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