According to the New York Times, New York area schools are a prime example of the nationwide budget struggles facing public school leaders. For example, just two weeks before the start of the 2009-2010 school year, approximately 1,800 teaching jobs in various New York City public schools remained vacant. While school leaders desperately wanted to fill the teaching job openings, reduced operating funds left leaders with very limited options. In fact, the Education Department enforced a mandatory hiring freeze in the spring of 2009, prohibiting the hiring of new and/or returning teachers until further notice.
Fewer Funds Equals Fewer Teachers
On the west coast, North Clackamas School District, located in Oregon, has also experienced significant challenges due to the wavering economy. According to Oregon Live News, North Clackamas schools were forced to send lay-off notices to 60 teachers in late August—just weeks before the start of a new school year.
Schools Find Themselves Reversing Course
Schools throughout the St. Louis region are also striving to manage increased class sizes amidst teacher cuts and hiring freezes. According to St. Louis Today, St. Louis schools have been forced to reverse their commitment to smaller class sizes. “A sour economy is forcing some districts in the region to reverse course, sending extra seats back into classrooms that had housed fewer than 20 children.”