D.C. Teacher Layoffs Press Release
Here's what D.C. Chancellor Michelle Rhee released on layoff plans today:
Schools Across the District Finalize Budget Adjustments
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) finalized budget adjustments for the 2009-2010 school year. Due to spending pressure caused by the D.C. Council's budget reduction and the on-going need to right-size the school system, additional budget adjustments had to be made centrally and at the school level.
"Across the country school districts are facing tough choices; each budget adjustment was made in the best interest of our students and in an effort to ensure that teaching and learning will not be affected," said Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.
The total budget shortfall for fiscal year (FY) 2010 is $43.9M. This includes the unanticipated D.C. Council budget reduction, additional school level resources that in previous years the central office was able to carry on its budget, and $3.5M in leave and severance. DCPS first looked to make cuts centrally and identified $13.1M in reductions by carefully reviewing current projects and responsibilities along with future plans.
School Level Budget Adjustments
The vast majority of schools were not heavily impacted, 60 percent of schools will lose one or zero teachers and 80 percent of schools will lose two or less. District-wide 388 employees will be separated, 229 of which are teachers.
"I want to thank our employees for their service and dedication to the DCPS community. This is a difficult time, and we're doing everything possible to provide support for our schools, to minimize any disruption and to ensure schools can focus on serving students," said Chancellor Rhee.
Separation notices were issued today, and affected employees were placed on paid administrative leave with employment ending on November 2.
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October 2, 2009; 3:08 PM ET
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