LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Forty-one teachers have received layoff notices in the Jefferson County Public School system, their largest layoff in 10 years. The cutback is part of budget constraints. District staffing funding is based largely on how many students they have. The more kids in school, the more teachers they can afford.
Next school year, not only are they expecting less students, but they're expecting less federal funding. The district says students won't suffer, the teacher’s union isn't so sure.
“They are not going to see a difference, because what we are doing is making sure we have the correct number of teachers to serve the number of students that we have,” Tiffany Gerstner with JCPS said.
“I think we'll have to wait and see out what actually turns out. I think there's a concern that class sizes will actually increase as a result of their being less teachers in the classroom,” James Hughley of the Jefferson County Teacher’s Association said.
The district also says the 41 layoffs aren't set in stone. If enrollment goes up, and/or other teachers step down, some or all of those laid off teachers could be back next year.