PENN HILLS, Pa. (AP) _ The board of a cash-strapped western Pennsylvania school district has approved furloughing 43 teachers _ including 23 special education instructors _ at the end of this school year.
The Penn Hills School Board voted 7-2 to cut the teacher positions Tuesday night. The teachers’ union says that violates an agreement to not cut any teaching jobs until the current teachers’ contract expires in 2018.
The district has nearly $30 million in various kinds of debt. It borrowed $18 million in October to cover continued operating expenses and finished last school year with a nearly $11 million deficit.
The district is blaming falling enrollment and increasing payments to charter schools in the district just east of Pittsburgh