By Jim Cline
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)– Springfield teachers are being laid off again this year. According to Azell Cavaan, communications direction for the Springfield School Department, 209 have been issued.
They do expect to rehire many of those teachers, but they won’t know how many for awhile. They don’t know how much money will be available from the state.
The House and Senate are still working on it, and they are talking about cuts in Chapter 70 funding. Tim Collins, the president of the Springfield Education Association, says it could be substantial.
“We are preparing for as much as a 4 percent cut,” he said. “The sooner the legislature and the governor reconcile their differences and come up with a budget, the sooner we can really start calling people back and putting their minds at ease.”
The city is contractually require to make some of these layoffs. If a teacher doesn’t have a license, their position must be advertised, in the hopes of hiring someone who does, and anyone who works two years without a license cannot be rehired.
There will also be retirements and that will change the numbers, but anyone who got a notice will be eligible to collect unemployment this summer.
The city is self-insured in unemployment. That will be an additional expense until people are rehired.