Several School Districts Cut Jobs, Boost Class Sizes

ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – School districts are cutting teachers, enacting furloughs and increasing class sizes to fill budget holes.

The Atlanta school board has approved cutting 375 positions and giving employees four furlough days next school year. The district is trying to make up for an expected $47 million shortfall.

In Gwinnett, the budget includes two furlough days and 600 jobs cut from the payroll. It also means two more students per classroom.

Cobb County has approved a budget with three furlough days and 350 fewer teaching jobs. DeKalb County is trying to fill a $73 million budget gap with larger classes and a shorter school year.

Clayton County is considering freezing teacher salaries to help fill an expected $40 million shortfall over the next three years.

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