Birmingham Schools to Consider Layoffs, Demotions

Jul 16, 2012

Birmingham's school board is set to consider proposals by a state intervention team to lay off or demote about 200 people and delay the start of school by three days.

The items are on the agenda for the board's Tuesday meeting.

The layoffs have been considered in the past, but the board rejected them June 26, leading to the Alabama Department of Education taking over the city school district the following day.

Officials say cuts are necessary to meet a state law requiring that school districts keep at least one month's operating expenses in reserve; Birmingham has about $2 million of the $17 million required. It is also losing $6 million in state funding next year because of a decline in enrollment.

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