Between actual lay-offs (7,000) and unfilled vacancies (4,000) the number of teacher cuts this year in New York state has been dramatic. This from the Associated Press via the Plattsburgh Press-Republican.
Overall, 80 percent of school districts reported cutting teaching positions, according to the survey.
“New York state’s schools absorbed one of the largest aid cuts in state history this year, but the reduction in state support has been going on for three years now and it is clearly taking a toll on school districts across the state,” said Robert Reidy, executive director of the superintendents’ group.
As the 2% property tax cap kicks in, the squeeze is expected to get even sharper. What do you think? A proper downsizing? Or will this affect what our kids are experiencing in the classroom?