WATCH WJZ @ NOON ON SATURDAY | The Army-Navy rivalry comes to Baltimore. WJZ has live pre-game ceremonies and the game.

Prince George’s Budget To Cut Up To 700 Teachers

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — The Prince George’s County school board has approved a $1.6 billion budget that will cut as many as 700 teaching positions next year.

The budget approved after midnight Tuesday represents a 2 percent decrease in funding from last year. The school system has been slashing costs since 2008 due to declining property values and enrollment.

In that time, more than 3,000 jobs have been cut. About half were teaching jobs.

Under the proposed budget for next year, class sizes would increase by about one student in most grades. The schools also would lose about 100 librarian positions. Early education programs will be reduced to a half day, and high school students will pay a $50 athletic fee.

Officials are offering a retirement package to ease the cuts.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments

One Comment

  1. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    WHY DOESN’T THE STATE LOWER TAXES AND TELL ALL PARENTS TO HOME SCHOOL THEIR CHILDREN? SURE WOULD SAVE A LOT OF TAXES AND TEACHERS COULD PERSUE OTHER CAREERS. DOESN’T LOOK LIKE EDUCATION IS A GOOD FIELD TO BE EMPLOYED.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Baltimore

Track Weather On The Go With Our App!
Your Podcast Network Play.it

Listen Live