Bad News for Teachers in Lansing

Up to sixty teaching positions in the Lansing School District are on the chopping block.

That's according to the teachers’ union. It is working to negotiate a new contract with the district.

Last January, teachers gave up part of their raise for the 2005-2006 school year, to avoid the mid-year layoffs.

But Jerry Swartz, the president of the teacher union, says the district was just postponing the inevitable.

"With a conservative estimation of the fall enrollment we are going to have to cut some positions- quite a few positions unfortunately."

The union and the school district are expected to reach a contract agreement by August.