February 14, 2012
Chicago Public Schools plans to present a revised sick day policy for non-union employees designed to end a decades-old practice that has cost the District an average of $37 million each year in payouts for unused sick days. The District expects to present the new plan to the Board of Education at its monthly board meeting next week, February 22.
The new policy will provide a fair and cost-effective plan focused on employee needs and eliminate a policy that drains precious resources from the system that can instead be invested in our classrooms. The current policy allows employees to carryover and accrue 325 unused sick days, which often results in large cash payouts to departing and retiring employees.
“This is one in a series of steps we have taken since my administration started last May to put students first in all that we do by eliminating wasteful spending and policies that have diverted resources away from the classroom,” said CPS CEO Jean Claude Brizard. “We intend to present a comprehensive policy to the Board that will do away with generous payouts that we simply can no longer afford so that we can invest more dollars to boost student achievement.”
Last year CPS eliminated $400 million in non-classroom spending from its current budget that was reinvested back into our schools.
Chicago Public Schools serves 405,000 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.