Pink Slips On The Way

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

It's the time of year when school districts begin to consider teacher layoffs for the following academic year.

The possibility of state education cuts has the process moving faster than usual.

"It's devastating to the process," said Michigan Education Association President Iris Salters. She said consistent funding would solve the problem and save jobs.

"If the funding is stable, then you don't see a lot of those pink slips. It's when the funding is unstable when districts have to ask, 'what part of our programs can we cut back on?'"

Those cutbacks are usually targeted at staff who make up anywhere from 80 to 85% of the budget. The two Ingham County districts most likely to be in big holes are Lansing and Waverly.

Waverly's Assistant Superintendent tells us the district will finalizing early retirement numbers before any layoff decisions are made. She says teachers will hear by June 1.

Lansing has already notified 160 teachers their jobs were in jeopardy and about 60 of them are expected to be laid off.

"I think there will be many and many will not be recalled," Salters said.

While every school will lose money, some districts won't lose staff. Haslett, Holt, and Okemos won't issue pink slips and East Lansing is determining this week how many to send out.

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