Chicago's most competitive and coveted public schools could soon lose some of their academic luster.
FOX Chicago News has learned that regional magnet and gifted schools -- which each typically have three extra teachers--may lose one or two of them.
It's one of the unannounced cuts included in a painful budget-balancing plan unveiled Monday by Chicago Schools CEO Ron Huberman. He said many of the 1,200 teacher job cuts could be avoided .if union members agree to forgo a 4 percent raise that takes effect when class resumes.
Huberman said average high school class size would jump from 31 to 33.
Newly-elected Teachers Union president Karen Lewis told us she "did not want to talk" about rolling back the pay raise. She did note that teachers will soon face higher health insurance costs, effectively cutting their take home pay.