School Districts to Cut Tens of Thousands of Jobs

May 20, 2010

The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) recently conducted a survey of 1,479 school administrators in 49 states and found that 82% of school districts across the country will eliminate the jobs of 14,787 teachers in the 2010-11 school year. 12,683 other jobs will also be cut, including those of nurses, librarians, janitors, kitchen workers, and others. Over half of the school districts surveyed say they plan to impose hiring freezes. The AASA estimates that overall some 275,000 education jobs may be eliminated.

These layoffs are a result of drastic budget cuts imposed by state and city legislatures all across the U.S. and come on the heels of massive job cuts last year.

Obviously these cuts will have a disastrous effect on our schools. Class sizes will be increased (perhaps to as high as 40-50 students in certain districts) and the curriculum will be drastically curtailed with many districts planning to eliminate or slash classes in music, art, physical education, language studies, computers, after school programs, etc.

In districts across the country, teachers, parents and students are building coalitions and already unfolding a variety of actions to fight against these cutbacks. These struggles are vital not only for defending the livelihoods of teachers and other school employees but also for the future of the public school system.