Pittsburgh Public Schools today is sending out 285 provisional furlough notices to teachers and other professionals, a prelude to what is expected to be the largest number of teacher layoffs in the district’s history.
Teachers and other professionals represented by the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers this afternoon will receive notices in their email. In addition, notices were sent by mail on Tuesday.
The district has the full-time equivalent of 2,245 teachers and other professionals represented by the teachers union, so the notices represent about 1 in 8 teachers and other professionals, including social workers and counselors.
The furloughs are part of cost-saving measures the district is using to reduce a budget deficit. The teacher furloughs are part of a plan aimed at saving $29.1 million over a school year through workforce reductions, school closings and reconfigurations, feeder pattern changes and larger class sizes.