February 8, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Chicago, IL - As Chicago teachers were furloughed without pay Feb. 3, more than 100 used the day to protest the cuts at City Hall.
The day was the first of four unpaid days off ordered by city school district CEO Forrest Claypool after Gov. Bruce Rauner last November vetoed $215 million in state funding that the district had budgeted to cover pensions this summer.
Chicago Teachers Union officials said the furloughs will cost teachers 2% of their take-home pay this year. “It is a real slap in the face,” elementary-school teacher Lauren Kullman told DNAInfo, sitting on the marble floor grading papers with a red pen during the protest. “These furloughs are an outrage," CTU recording Secretary Michael Brunson told the crowd. "Our youth should not be collateral damage." The city school board is expected to announce more cuts after it meets Feb. 22, and several speakers said it is likely to focus on clerks, who run schools' main offices and handle payroll. Read more