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Teacher layoffs statewide expected to rise

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Staci Vesneske hopes many Spokane Public Schools teachers will be recalled Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Staci Vesneske hopes many Spokane Public Schools teachers will be recalled
SPOKANE, Wash. - School districts across Washington are giving teachers layoff warning notices to cut spending plans.

The Washington Education Association says it knows of 615 confirmed notices as of Wednesday, and has heard of about 2,500 lost teaching jobs.

Spokesman Rich Wood says that's from about a third of the 294 districts in the state.


Time is running out
Spokane Public Schools will be holding one more public budget forum for parents. The forum is an opportunity to tell district officials what you think should be cut from the budget and what you think should stay. The final forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday night at Glover Middle School. You are invited to voice your opinions at the forum or email Communications Director Terren Roloff at terrenr@spokaneschools.org.

Layoffs are expected to rise Friday, the deadline for districts to notify teachers on continuing contracts. Exact numbers are hard to come by because of retirements and the loss of provisional teachers in their first couple of years on the job.

The numbers do not include support staff, such as bus drivers, aides and secretaries.

There are about 59,000 teachers and certificated staff at schools in Washington.

Spokane Public Schools lays off 103 teachers

In an interview with KHQ Tuesday afternoon, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Staci Vesneski announced 103 teachers received layoff notices.

The 103 teachers are part of a group of 193 Spokane Public Schools teachers that was told earlier this month that most of them will be laid off. Vesneski says the number of teachers receiving layoff notices Tuesday is less than expected.

Vesneski says the district is hopeful that most of the teachers will be recalled for the 2009-2010 school year. Though an exact number was not available, Vesneski estimated the number is in the 80 to 90 percent range.

"My prediction is that the vast majority of the teachers will be recalled," Vesneski said. >>More


 

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