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CHICAGO—In response to the Chicago Public Schools announcement of new layoffs, the Chicago Teachers Union stated the following:

“CPS continues to inflict damage on our school district by implementing layoffs, cutting special education services and other programs that help students excel. The gutting of experienced educators and other school employees only weakens schools and puts children at a disadvantage. This is no way to run a 21st century school district.

“This latest round of layoffs comes when Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seeking more tax hikes from Chicago’s working families while he continues to ignore demands that he go after wealthy developers and others who enrich themselves at the public’s expense. If the city and Chicago Board of Education exhibited leadership by implementing progressive revenue strategies, such as declaring a TIF surplus and reinstating a corporate head tax, these layoffs could have been avoided.“