Survey: 275,000 education jobs may be cut

A new survey by the American Association of School Administrators says 82 percent of U.S. school districts are expected to cut jobs and more than half will freeze hiring in 2010-2011.

The survey estimates that 275,000 educations jobs are on the chopping block for the upcoming school year - including 14,878 teacher jobs. Those cuts will push the pupil-to-teacher ratios from 15:1 to 17:1.

From the AASA press release:

"This survey complements the results of our latest economic impact survey to truly illustrate that schools have yet to feel the economic relief and stability that is appearing in other sectors," said AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech. "Faced with continued budgetary constraints, school leaders across the nation are forced to consider an unprecedented level of layoffs that would negatively impact economic recovery and deal a devastating blow to public education.With both houses of Congress already considering a second round of stimulus funding targeted to education jobs, the results of this survey make a startling case to bolster support for additional federal funding."

More than 48 million students are expected to attend school this fall -- with or without the job cuts. The AASA survey was based on responses from nearly 1,500 school administrators in 49 states received in April 2010. Tune in tonight's Marketplace to catch Amy Scott's story on teacher layoffs. And follow our coverage on education here.

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