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Chicago Public Schools announces $52M in new cuts

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools officials say they're cutting more than $52 million from administrative and operational spending to help close an estimated $1 billion deficit in the coming fiscal year.

The district announced Friday that it'll eliminate $20.7 million, including by eliminating almost 100 central office positions. That's in addition to $31.6 million in cuts announced earlier this year.

CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett says the district is trying to minimize impacts on classrooms, and will identify more central office cuts in the next several weeks.

Officials say CPS has cut almost $600 million from the central office and programs funded by that office since 2011.

The nation's third-largest school district has been struggling to trim its deficit, and school board members voted last month to close 50 schools and programs.

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