(Washington Examiner) — Most systems avoided teacher layoffs
School districts in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia will receive a combined $450 million in federal funds to save teachers’ jobs, even as most local school systems avoided major job losses.
“Maryland has not had the problem with teacher layoffs that other states have had, mostly because the state has pumped so many additional funds into education,” said Bill Reinhard, spokesman for the state’s schools. “Exactly what effect [the $179 million in federal money] will have is uncertain.”
Reinhard made an exception for Prince George’s County, where the school board cut 355 classroom positions to help close a $45 million budget shortfall. The federal dollars will allow the county to hire back some teachers.