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TEA Announces Layoffs

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced Tuesday that it would begin laying off employees due to impending budget cuts. KXAN Austin Reports:

Right now, the agency is not revealing how many positions are being cut, but TEA spokesperson Debbie Ratcliffe said it will take at least a couple of days to notify everyone. Once that happens, they will release numbers which will be no sooner than Thursday.

Staff members with the human resources department are meeting with each employee one on one to break the news they no longer have a job. Employees notified Tuesday were given an hour to pack their things and leave the building.

Commissioner of Education Robert Scott issued the following statement:

“Based on the impending budget reductions, we have taken steps to reduce the size of the agency. We will continue our mission to serve our school districts and students.”

Read the full article here

The state legislature is expected to cut many grant programs that are administered by TEA. Without these program, TEA will be overstaffed.

These layoffs are more in a long line of cuts facing Texas educators in 2011. Every school district in the state is looking at ways to trim budgets, including cutting staff, increasing class size and eliminating specialties.