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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 02:52 PM

Spokane Public Schools prepares for layoffs

n late August, days before the start of the school year, Spokane teachers were celebrating huge salary hikes in Spokane Public Schools that resulted from an influx of state money put toward education.

Yet last week, less than eight months since the pay raises, 182 teachers were told they would be laid off at the end of the year. The layoffs will affect a total of 325 staff members as the district manages a $31 million budget shortfall. Every librarian in the district received notice that they will lose their jobs.

Superintendent Shelley Redinger has told the Inlander that the district negotiated the salary increases while knowingly facing a budget shortfall because it's important to "pay teachers and staff competitively."

Redinger and union leaders argue that state lawmakers should be the ones to fix the budget gaps.

Read more: https://www.inlander.com/spokane/spokane-public-schools-prepares-for-layoffs/Content?oid=17428808

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abqtommy Apr 2019 #1

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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 04:19 PM

1. This makes me very sad.

I attended a public school in Spokane for 3 years and they were the best 3 years of my educational experience!

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