Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Ron Huberman this week said the district will be able to avert some teacher layoffs that would have driven up elementary class sizes due in part to the restoration of $57 million in state categorical funding aid.
The funds also will allow the district to restore full-day kindergarten programs. The Illinois State Board of Education and Gov. Pat Quinn restored the funding last week, lowering the district’s projected fiscal 2011 deficit to $370 million from $427 million. Some program and staff cuts will still be needed and high school class sizes may still rise.