Hundreds of Durham teachers may lose jobs

May 1, 2009 2:35:13 AM PDT
A gaping money shortage could cost the Durham County Public School System hundreds of teachers. The superintendent's plan calls for cutting about 400 jobs, including more than 250 teaching positions. Leaders say cuts are necessary because of a nearly $18 million shortfall projected next school year.

Board members expressed concern that the plan would shortchange children.

"You can delay a roof, you can delay replacing a bus, but you cannot delay a child's third grade education," said Steve Martin, Durham Board of Education. "You only have one year."

The board will hold a work session and a public hearing next week.