One of the largest school districts in Arizona, Gilbert Public Schools, informed employees about a “reduction in force” for the 2021-2022 school year, citing a loss of student enrollment.
ABC15 confirmed with a district spokesperson the reduction impacts 152 certified staff members who have already been notified. Certified staff includes positions like teachers, administrators, school counselors and nurses.
Over the summer, Governor Doug Ducey announced the Enrollment Stabilization Grant Program, which promised districts and charters would not lose more than 2% of their previous year’s funding if students went elsewhere. However, the money set aside is already falling short because of larger-than-expected declines. That, coupled with the state funding distance learners at only 95% of what they fund in-person students, is creating even more financial trouble.
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