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Akron: School district to cut 200, including 140 teachers

6:48 PM, May 8, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- WKYC was the first to report Monday night that the Akron school district is the latest casualty of school cuts and layoffs.

Some are saying these are some of the biggest budget cuts in the district's history.

Education Reporter Kim Wheeler was in Akron Tuesday, assessing the fallout the day after.

This pain of deficits and cuts is being felt all over. Lorain's school district is laying off about 20 percent of the teachers.

What's really scary in Akron is that these layoffs are just "round one."

The district will cut just over 200 jobs, which includes almost 140 teachers.

Why is this happening?

The district was facing a $22 million deficit. They are also eliminating middle school sports and fifth grade music and they are in the process of closing 3 elementary schools.

They, like so many other districts, are losing students and property tax collections are down. The superintendents says they don't have a list of who will be laid off yet. They hope to have that in a couple of weeks.

This comes at the same time that the Cleveland schools are laying off 500 teachers.

Today the Cleveland Teachers Union says about 300 teachers will either retire or leave the district at the end of this school year. So that means 500 laid off, now in addition to that 300 that will be retiring or leaving.

It's not clear how many could be called back, as the district has said, with declining enrollment, that may not happen.

WKYC-TV

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