Chicago Public Schools principals, assistant principals and central office staff will be giving up scheduled pay raises this year, just as teachers have.

In a letter Thursday, schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard said the district would be getting rid of their scheduled pay raises in the coming school year. However,  administrators would not be required to take furlough days as they did in past years, he said.

The district, which initially faced a $712 million budget deficit, has been able to close the gap by $100 million by reneging on across-the-board raises for its unions.

The unions have asked to negotiate on the loss of their salary increases. In the meantime, the district continues to look for further areas to make cuts as it gets set to release a preliminary budget by the end of the month.

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