Next school year there will be 17% fewer teachers and staff positions at Cincinnati Public Schools. The district calls the reduction in force "rightsizing." Tens of millions of dollars will be saved to prepare for an even lower student enrollment in the Fall. New CPS Superintendent Rosa Blackwell says part of the reason for the reduction in students is a flat birthrate in the city and a "mass exodus" of children to charter schools. 543 certificated full time positions are being cut. 116 found out Friday they were being layed off. The reductions do have the blessing of the teacher's union. 291 employees chose to take severance packages.