La. Recovery School District will Lay Off Almost 200 Teachers

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Louisiana Recovery School District, the state agency that governs most of the public schools in Orleans Parish, is moving to lay off almost 200 teachers.

Layoffs at the Recovery District have become an annual occurrence as the district turns more of its traditional schools over to independently run charters, which now educate about 80 percent of students in New Orleans.

Superintendent Patrick Dobard said that 117 employees will be let go as a result of school closings or the dropping of certain grades at various traditional schools. Another 82 employees, he said, will be cut for ineffective ratings on their evaluations.

It's the second year that the district has used teacher evaluations to decide who will lose their jobs, a controversial and growing trend nationwide. District officials said that they will be looking to fill some -- though likely not all -- of those 82 slots with other candidates and could rehire some of the employees being laid off simply because their school is closing or being turned into a charter.

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