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Budget problems bring educational layoffs?

By: Stacy Ellison Email
By: Stacy Ellison Email

Angry high school students leave the classroom today, to protest what they say is unfair treatment of a favorite teacher.

But officials say the problem is the result of a bigger issue, plaguing more than the Frankfort school system.

As Stacy Ellison reports, they warn more teachers could soon be out of a job if lawmakers don't act.

Many students took their grievances straight to Capitol Hill.

Protesting recent decisions to let teachers go at their school, Western Hills High School in Frankfort.

Their protest began at school, but after being locked out there, they brought it to the capitol.

50 positions in all were eliminated in the Franklin County School district including the student's favorite teacher, Mrs. Graham.

District representatives say it's a matter of money; the states still unresolved budget.

As for the student's protest they say it's too little too late.

The situation at Western Hills High is a problem across the state.

Districts have been told to plan for worst case scenarios, and that means large numbers of employees are receiving pink slips.

We contacted the state board of education and representatives say there is a chance some employees could come back, stating if a budget is passed in the special session, districts can review their plans and possibly rehire many who have been let go.

In the meantime, these student protestors say the government grappling needs to stop and are demanding what they say they deserve, a top notch education with top notch educators.

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