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Indiana's largest school system cutting 357 teachers

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Indiana's largest school district is preparing to lay off more teachers.

Indianapolis Public Schools said Wednesday it will cut 357 teaching jobs to fill a nearly $21 million budget hole due to cuts in state funding. Sixty-five cuts will be retirements or resignations. IPS previously had announced it would cut 271 teachers among more than 300 layoffs.

IPS Superintendent Eugene White told WTHR-TV the district also will scale back its budget for materials and school activities to try to avoid cuts to academic programs as much as possible.

White says the cuts won't have a significant effect on the pupil-to-teacher ratios.

Enrollment in the district has fallen from more than 38,000 students in 2006 to about 33,000 in 2010.

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  • Teacher Layoof Count
    Read again; the 357 is an increase over the 271 previously announced. What the story is missing is how many of the support staff, and in which departments, are also getting laid off.
  • Oh?
    Lessee - Gov. Daniels and Education Secretary Arne Duncan are going to be at Charles A Tindley School - a charter school - tomorrow. Tindley is one of the bright shining stars of how "poorly" charter schools do, when given the support they need.
    By the way, Tindley has earned the Indiana Department of Educationâ??s Four Star School status, which honors the top 25 percent of public schools in the state.

    As opposed to IPS, which has won the "award" for the worst schools in the state...
  • IPS
    Enrollment is down 500-1000 students this year. Don't worry, most of them will be back when the charters and private schools kick them out. They only keep them until funding deadline day.
    • What?
      Are the 357 teachers in addition to the 271 teachers cut previously, or is this an increase from 271 up to 357? Every report I have heard or read since yesterday does not address this "detail". In other words, is IPS cutting 357 teachers or 628 teachers!?? This is no small detail. Mike, I believe all of the well-paid adminstrators you refer to are needed because they are the ones valued by the "decision makers". Pretty soon, they will need to go the classrooms and start teaching. Let's then see the improvements begin.
      • Administrators
        This story is about the 357 teachers.

        My question is were any of the well paid administration laid off or cut out of the budgets.

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