Indianapolis (AP)-Thousands of teachers are being laid off across Indiana school districts because of recent state education funding cuts.
On Friday, Indiana State Teachers Association spokesman, Mark Shoup said the union forecasts up to 5,000 teachers could lose their jobs. That is almost 8% of public school teachers statewide.
State schools Superintendent Tony Bennett said districts should be able to reduce spending without layoffs when he and Gov. Mitch Daniels announced the $300 million funding cut in December.
Shoup then said that wasn’t realistic because salaries and benefits make up the largest chunk of the school budget.
Bennett wonders whether all of the school districts have fully explored alternatives.