10 Chicago Public School Workers Fired, 33 Suspended Over New Sexual Abuse Complaints

Chicago school authorities have fired six employees, banned four substitute teachers and denied 33 other adults from campuses over sexual misconduct investigations.

A number of criminal charges stem from investigations that started last fall following a Chicago Tribune investigation into the district’s responses to past misconduct accusations. Six workers have been fired and about three dozen suspended over the last few months, Chicago Public Schools Inspector General Nicholas Schuler told the board of education at its monthly meeting Wednesday.

Investigators told the board the district has investigated more than 400 reports dating back to 2011 of school employees sexually assaulting, abusing or harassing students.

“My sense is that this is an uptick from where we were before the [Chicago Tribune investigation],” Schuler said.