South Bend (Ind.) Schools Cutting 64 Teaching Positions

Friday, July 13, 2012

The South Bend Community School Corp. school board voted Wednesday, 6-1, to approve an administrative recommendation to eliminate 64 teaching positions.

“The reason behind this reduction in force (request) is that the funding for these positions is tied to our Title I funds, which are federal dollars that come to the states and then on to the school corporations,” Superintendent Carole Schmidt said.

She said that the waiver that the state requested and received to be outside of federal No Child Left Behind requirements came with a set of rules and procedures that the district was not aware of until the end of last month.

“(The rules are) tied to the new state grading system, A through F,” Schmidt said. “Any school that receives a D or F must set aside some of that (Title I) money to be used for specific interventions.”

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