With Funding Unclear, Teachers Sent Layoff Notices

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By Aaron Hepker

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Dozens and possibly hundreds of Iowa teachers are receiving notices they could lose their jobs in the next school year.

School districts are sending layoff notices because of a deadline requiring them to notify teachers by April 30 of possible job losses.

District officials say they hope they won't have to follow through on the job cuts, but the inability of state lawmakers to approve a general school funding level forces them to guess on their budgets for the upcoming year.

Galen Howsare, of the Iowa Association of School Boards, says the group knows of at least 83 teachers who have been sent layoff notices, and the actually figure is likely 150 to 250.

This year, school funding has been mired in discussions about Gov. Terry Branstad's proposed education reforms.

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