MPS passes $500 million stimulus plan, cuts staff positions as enrollment declines | #education | #technology | #training

Before the Milwaukee School Board approved a $500 million spending plan Thursday for federal stimulus dollars, Superintendent Keith Posley said the district had to cut about 120 teaching positions this fall as enrollment had declined in the district. 

Because there are 170 vacancies, no staff will be laid off, but some will be forced to move into different roles or buildings where teachers are most needed. 

The district, which in 2019 had 74,683 students, had fewer than 70,000 this fall, Posley said in September. Enrollment drops have caused some schools to be overstaffed while teacher vacancies have caused others to be understaffed. 

School board members suggested using the stimulus dollars to avoid cuts or movements of teachers with the goal of preserving staffing for future years, hoping some students may return as vaccines become available for younger students. 

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