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Layoffs possible for Akron Public Schools

By John Published: May 17, 2010

       The Akron school board  may decide to lay off  teachers and other staff in a special meeting tonight.
       Superintendent David James will discuss the district's finances and staffing recommendations  privately with the board when the meeting starts at 5:30 p.m., but the board will discuss the matter publicly and possibly vote on layoffs.
      "The board will go into executive session first and come out after that, have a discussion and may take some action," James said on Monday morning. "Once they come out, there probably will be a presentation to them in open session."
      The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for next Monday, May 24, but that would be too late to meet notification requirements in the teachers' union contract.
      "If there are going to be any staff reductions, there are some deadlines," James said. "For instance, the teachers, they  have to know about any openings or reductions by Thursday."

Layoffs typically are done by seniority. A recent report from the National Council for Teacher Quality summarized the issues surrounding layoff by seniority. The report was favorably reviewed by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research & Practice.

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