41 Teachers Laid Off in Jefferson County

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The state's largest school district has laid off 41 teachers, its highest number of teacher layoffs in more than a decade.

The Courier-Journal reported Wednesday that Jefferson County Public Schools blamed the layoffs on budget cuts and fewer special education students.

Another 114 teachers have been their positions may not exist this fall, but they will be placed in different teaching positions within the district.

The layoffs affect elementary, middle and high schools and include 20 special-education teachers, 11 English teachers, seven physical education instructors and one art teacher. All those laid off have the least experience in their schools, said Tiffeny Gerstner, the district's director of administrator recruitment and development.

Officials couldn't say how much JCPS would save with the move. There are more than 6,000 teachers in the district.

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