Budget Cuts Force Beaverton (Ore.) Teachers Into Classes They've Never Taught

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Jessica Keskitalo spent five years teaching world history, economics and government at Westview High School.

This fall, she found herself teaching seventh-graders at Cedar Park Middle School how to calculate volume and solve algebraic equations.

It didn't matter that Keskitalo had never taught math before, much less middle school math. It only mattered that she had a license to teach it.

Teachers are still moving from school to school after the Beaverton School District slashed its budget and cut 344 positions. At least 390 teachers have been transferred to fill holes as layoffs created a massive domino effect across the 51-school district.

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