PA schools deal with the domino effect of furloughs and educational programming

5/9/2011 – When Pennsylvania’s public schools are looking to trim salaries and benefits, they lose programs, not just people. “Basically, in Pennsylvania, you cannot furlough for economic reasons. You actually have to get permission from the department of education to curtail or eliminate programs in order to furlough,” said James Robertson, superintendent of the Waynesboro Area School District . Facing multimillion-dollar deficits, school boards in Franklin County, Pa., are considering furloughs of teachers, other professional staff and support staff.

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