Chicago schools lays off 200 cafeteria workers

The district says it can be more efficient and create from-scratch meals.

Aug. 5—Chicago Public Schools announced Friday that an additional 200 cafeteria workers will be the latest to receive layoff notices, pushing to more than 3,000 the number of staff cut this summer.

CPS said the layoffs will save the school system about $4 million.

“We have reduced Central Office, administrative and operations spending by nearly $700 million since 2011,” CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a statement, “and today’s actions are among the reductions we are making outside the classroom in order to protect programs that support student learning.”