LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Jefferson County Public Schools recently announced layoffs affecting 41 teachers.
Many of the teachers teach English and work with special needs students.
Congressman John Yarmuth says this is a direct result of the federal budget cuts required by the sequester.
“The across the board cuts under the sequester cost JCPS about $6 million dollars on an annual basis. The sequester goes on for 10 years if we don't change it,” Yarmuth said. “So not only are we going to see a continuation of this kind of cutting but we're also seeing an impact in our incredibly important research activities at UofL and UK.
JCPS says the district staffing budget is largely based on how many students are enrolled.
If enrollment goes up, the district can afford more teachers so these layoffs aren’t set in stone.
However, Congressman Yarmuth says these cuts are a part of a larger problem.
“It is wide ranging. It will impact the economy is very serious ways,” he said.
Yarmuth says the sequester cuts affects nearly every aspect of the federal government that touches health, safety and education.