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East Providence Teacher Layoff Toll Reaches 37

After class scheduling is solidified, administrators will make further adjustments and may hire back some staff members.

At Tuesday night's East Providence School Committee meeting, Interim Superintendent Edward Daft reported 37 staff members in total, including a good portion of special education specialists, could be potentially laid off by next September.

Months ago, the committee announced that .

"We work with principals, we work with union leadership to try and mitigate the anxiety the stress that people feel when they do get layoffs," Daft said. "We try to keep that number down."

Mary King, finance director for the department, said a projected savings could not be estimated quite yet. Some teachers will be rehired after periods of leave. After class scheduling is solidified, administrators will make further adjustments and may hire back some staff members. She anticipates programs, like foreign languages, will be consolidated. 

Laurie Brown, co-chairman of the East Providence Parent Advisory Committee on Special Education, took to the podium to ask how further layoffs will affect special education services. Daft said he hadn't heard of many complaints at the high school since staff members were laid off months ago. She wanted additional information regarding the layoffs. Daft said a plan was in place to teacher assistants (TAs).

"It's just concerning," she said, regarding special education layoffs.

Tonya Borello February 19, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Our property taxes (taxes in general) continue to rise as people continue to move here because we have such a great special ed department. Many of these folks dont pay taxes because they rent apartments. We need to stop acting as though it's our job to save the world. My house is now on the market and hopefully is sold soon god willing because we can not afford to live in East Providence anymore. When we bought our home we couldn't afford Seekonk, so we settled here and now we are looking in Seekonk because we can no longer afford EP. It's crazy.
KH Parent February 19, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Can someone explain to me what is so good about our special ed dept here in EP? I am not asking to be sarcastic. I am genuinely curious and would like to hear something good about this school system for a change.
Just the Facts February 20, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Being a Teacher requires a degree, Right? I think you're a little out of your league on this one Mike. Stick to driveways.....
JR February 20, 2012 at 10:37 PM
And Arthur it is all covered by the IDEA, Federal law! Cutting is not really an option, the current director of "pupil Personell" (special ed), has cut our numbers from 27% to @21% !!! There have been reports on our special ed, Bacon and Edge praised the current director for her diligent controlling of the numbers.
JR February 20, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Historically EP has always looked at WHAT IS BEST FOR THE CHILD! There are some district that have a reputation of fighting parents, and not looking out for wht is best for the student. These districts rely on parents not fighting back, and those that do win in court... IT IS EXPENSIVE, but I agree with putting the students needs first.

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