Chicago Public Schools CEO: Either concessions or classroom cuts

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CHICAGO — Chicago’s school boss is warning that, unless the city’s teachers accept concessions in a new contract, there will be painful cuts in the classroom.

School CEO Forrest Claypool raised the stakes, a day after the teachers union said it might strike if teachers have to pay more toward their healthcare and pension benefits.

Even if the union accepts the concessions, some classroom cuts may be needed, because the state has refused to contribute more than $200 million to help balance the school budget.