View Full Version : Cutting The Fat : Milwaukee schools to lay off 354 teachers (519 total - This Friday)

06-30-2011, 09:08 AM
(CNN) -- In a budget-cutting move likely to be echoed around the country, Milwaukee Public Schools said Wednesday it will lay off 519 staff members -- including 354 teachers -- because of $84 million in state cuts and the system's efforts to control costs.

Superintendent Gregory Thornton also said schools will likely see larger class sizes and the continued use of older textbooks. The state budget cut means $200 less per child, officials said.

The layoffs are effective Friday, the beginning of the third quarter, when cash-strapped state and local governments are forecast to shed up to 110,000 jobs, according to IHS Global Insight.
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Thornton said he was "extremely troubled" that most of the affected teachers are in elementary schools....."Children are being caught in the middle," Thornton told reporters. "They deserve better."

Anticipating the state cuts and the end to about $100 million in federal stimulus funding, the district's own budget cut school summer options and froze all "noncritical" building maintenance, Milwaukee Public Schools said on its website. Besides the 519 layoffs, the system will not fill about 500 open positions.