Education Department to cut 26 jobs, 43 positions in all

Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 7:21pm

Ahead of potential budget constraints and amid an ongoing departmental shakeup, the Tennessee Department of Education is set to eliminate 43 positions, 26 that are filled with employees.

“In the current budget climate, it’s unlikely that the Department of Education will be receiving any additional funds,” said Kelli Gauthier, spokeswoman for the department.

“At the time, we have a pretty ambitious strategic plan that we’re charged with executing,” she said. “In order to make sure that we meet those goals, we have to have our resources allocated in a way that makes sure we do that.”

In September, state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman released a new strategic plan with four broad goals: expand children’s access to effective teachers; families’ access to quality schools; educators’ access to resources and best practices; and the public’s access to information and data.

Huffman cited Tennessee’s Race to the Top law, which has guided the state’s education changes since its approval.

“The goals we set out in Race to the Top are our department’s goals, and we will work diligently to become the fastest-improving state in the nation,” he said.

Gauthier said cuts are set to go into effect 90 days after Jan 4. She said the 26 job cuts along with the open position eliminations cross several of the education department’s divisions.

Citing state law and seniority requirements, Gaither said 70 education department employees received notification their jobs could be in jeopardy, though the actual number of affected workers is fewer.

4 Comments on this post:

By: Kosh III on 1/6/12 at 7:25

More "job creation" and "focused like a laser on jobs."

I guess the politicians corporate masters need bigger welfare checks so they squeeze it out of working people.

By: Moonglow1 on 1/6/12 at 8:34

Moonglow1: Haslam's goal is to make the citizen's of Tennessee pay for voucher programs run by For Profit companies. Your tax dollars will flow into the pockets of some idiot CEO. That is the way private enterprise works these days. Get some sham policy like "improve education" with the real motive being: get the taxpayers to fund my company and make me rich.

Race to the Top is code for "defund public education and fund private interests."

Haslam: great job creating jobs. Now what. These newly fired workers need to take a drug test before they can get unemployment benefits. According to Ramsey they are all on drugs. Really? These fired employees too.

Haslam: I hope Pilot's lose lots of money. I hope your employees unionize.

By: jonw on 1/6/12 at 11:34

Moonie ; "These newly fired workers need to take a drug test before they can get unemployment benefits. According to Ramsey they are all on drugs."

Based on this sentence about present conditions, it is difficult to see your rant as anything but party line political rhetoric.

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