By Chris Pleasance for MailOnline
Published: 16:12 BST, 1 May 2020 | Updated: 18:40 BST, 1 May 2020
Hundreds of thousands of teachers could be laid off across the country next year as budgets shrink due to the coronavirus crisis, school leaders have warned.
Dozens of superintendents from the country's largest school districts have signed a letter pleading for $202billion in additional funds to help protect from the downturn.
Without the funds, the Council of the Great City Schools say at least 275,000 teachers face being made redundant next year in an attempt to balance the books.
Hundreds of thousands of teachers face being made redundant in schools across the US next year due to budget shortfalls caused by coronavirus, district superintendents say (file)
There were 3.2million teachers in American public schools in 2019, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
The letter says schools are expecting budget cuts of up to 25 per cent in the next year as state and local revenue dries up during the coronavirus shutdown.
Added to their woes, schools are currently spending more to switch to distance learning - often by purchasing computers or internet hardware so they