CLEVELAND — The school board in Cleveland has voted to slash almost 800 employees, including 545 teachers, in hopes of heading off a nearly $53 million deficit.
The layoffs approved at an emotional meeting last night would eliminate about 10 percent of the district’s work force.
Cleveland schools CEO Eugene Sanders said teachers could lessen the blow by considering concessions such as pay cuts.
The school board’s 6-2 vote came despite pleas from parents and teachers who said the layoffs would result in larger class sizes that would be detrimental to students. Before the public portion of the meeting, the school board met behind closed doors while teachers stood up and sang protest songs.
Following the vote, the district distributed lists of employees to be cut.