CPS Announces 3 Furlough Days for Employees in FY16 


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, March 3, 2016

For more information, contact:
CPS Office of Communications
Phone: 773-553-1620

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool announced today that District employees will be furloughed for three days this fiscal year.
                    
Employees will not work on furlough days and will not be paid for the furlough days. The first furlough day will come on March 25, which is Good Friday. The next two furlough days differ for Central Office and Network Office staff and school-based employees.  School-based employees will have two non-instructional professional development days converted to furloughs in June, while Central and Network Office staff will be furloughed for two days in April, while schools are on Spring Break. This schedule allows Central and Network staff to continue to support schools while they're in session.  A full list of furlough dates is below. 
 
Based on teacher and staff time off requests, CPS estimates that as many as 8,000 staff members are planning to take Good Friday off work, or about quadruple the daily average. The expected absences would have been so widespread that several principals had planned to manage their schools by holding all-day assemblies in the school auditorium or showing movies. Instead, there will be no school that day and employees will be furloughed.
 
CPS is expected to save $30 million from the furloughs, which will be added to the more than $120 million in savings that has already been realized this fiscal year.
 
“After hearing from many principals that they were concerned about staff capacity on Good Friday, which normally falls during Spring Break, we determined the best course of action was a furlough day, combined with non-instructional year-end days.” Claypool said. “It’s never easy to furlough employees, but our priority was to preserve instructional time for our students while preserving year-end cash and continuing to chip away at our budget gap.”
 
In a letter to employees sent this afternoon, Claypool wrote: “Unfortunately, as he’s made clear in recent weeks, Governor Rauner is more interested in forcing bankruptcy and taking over our schools than in addressing the unequal funding issues that hurt districts like ours across the state. We know we cannot cut our way to a solution.  However, the Governor’s inaction means we must continue to cut costs and ease our cash flow, so we can do what’s necessary to ensure our classrooms are protected and our students’ progress is uninterrupted.”
 
Furlough Schedule

The furlough days are as follows [reminder, each employee is only be affected by three days]:
 
●     Friday, March 25, 2016:
○     All employees will be impacted.
 
●     Thursday, April 21, 2016:
○     Teachers, PSRP’s and school-based ESP’s are not affected.
○     All other staff will be furloughed.
 
●     Friday, April 22, 2016:
○     Teachers, PSRP’s and school-based ESP’s are not affected.
○     All other staff will be furloughed.
 
●     Wednesday, June 22, 2016:
○     Teachers, PSRP’s, and school-based ESP’s will be furloughed.
○     All other staff will report to work, as regularly scheduled.
 
●     *Thursday, June 23, 2016:
○     Teachers, PSRP’s, and school-based ESP’s will be furloughed.
○     All other staff will report to work, as regularly scheduled.
 
(* Note that teachers who have already worked the June 23rd day because they are in schools that redistributed the June 23rd Flex PD day will be paid for that day.)


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