Study Projects Big Job Cuts in Schools for 2011-12

A quarter-million jobs in education are in jeopardy next school year, according to the latest economic impact survey by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).

Two-thirds of U.S. school districts eliminated personnel in the 2010-11 school year, and nearly three-quarters expected to cut more jobs in the 2011-12 school year, according to the Projection of National Education Job Cuts for the 2011-12 School Year.

AASA surveyed school superintendents in May 2011. This sample size represents roughly 8% of U.S. school districts. Based on this representative sample, AASA projects that approximately 227,000 jobs are at risk of being cut in schools across the U.S.

The education job losses will translate into larger class sizes, pushing pupil‐to‐teacher ratios from the current 15.5-to-1, to 16.8-to-1, according to AASA.

In addition, the education job cuts will result in more than 67,ooo jobs lost in other sectors, for a total job loss of across all job sectors of 294,500.

For the past several years, NEJHE has published data from the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) on the economic impact in New England of both K-12 schools and colleges and universities.

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