Friday, December 6, 2013

Kentucky Teachers May Face Layoffs Due To Funding Cuts

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says Kentucky school districts have a "perfect storm" coming this spring.

Holliday says 10 to 12 school districts will fail to meet their basic financial commitments by next March or April. He says if the money is not restored, we will see teacher layoffs.

Hundreds of teachers and teacher assistant positions will be lost to federal sequestration. 

Holliday estimates an additional 1,000 teachers will be lost next year because of inadequate state funding.

State Board of Education officials are asking the General Assembly for an estimated $336 million to prevent the cuts.

Over the last three years, Kentucky has already lost about 1,800 full-time teachers. Holliday says with these looming financial factors, the state could lose between 1,500 and 2,000 more.