Eighty-seven Duval County Public Schools teachers were laid off recently as part of the district’s plan to make up a $91 million budget shortfall.
The jobs lost are in arts, music, physical education, social studies and vocational courses. No math, science, reading and language arts or elementary core subject teachers were cut.
The majority of the 87 teachers let go are first-year teachers making about $37,000 a year plus benefits. The savings come to about $4.5 million, including benefits and are already part of the district’s budget plan. There are about 8,700 teachers in the school system.