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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jefferson County Public Schools is expected to lay off 41 teachers before the start of the next school year. The district blames budget cuts, especially cuts in federal funding because of the sequestration and a loss of stimulus funds. It is also possible many on the list will be kept on, because of last-minute attrition or renewed funding.
The layoffs were announced Wednesday. That was the deadline for notifying teachers if there wasn't money to fund their positions for the next school year. The teachers affected are those with the least seniority, as prescribed by state law.
JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey says the layoffs include 20 special education teachers. JCPS has seen declining enrollments among special education students and more have been integrated into regular classrooms.
"All of our students who need to receive special education services will have teachers But based on our projections as of right now today - we have too many of those teachers," said JCPS director of administrator recruitment and development, Tiffeny Gerstner.
Other teachers affected included English, Art and Physical Education teachers, Gerstner said.
In addition, the district has notified 114 teachers they are on an "overstaffed" list, which means they could be transferred from their current school to fill vacancies elsewhere.
The 41 layoffs are among the largest announced by JCPS in at least ten years.
"It is certainly a concern sequestration is continuing to harm our public school system and schools across the commonwealth and throughout the country. Our hope is that retirement and attrition will bring some of these teachers to come back to the classroom," said Jefferson County Teachers Association deputy executive director James Hughley.