Coronavirus US: Up to 275k teachers could be made redundant

Up to 275,000 teachers could be made redundant as budgets are slashed due to coronavirus Heads of major school district warned of mass job losses in letter to Congress  School leaders predict budget cuts of up to 25 per cent due to loss of state and local revenues due to coronavirus shutdown  That could mean more than 275,000 teachers getting laid off next year, they say  63 signatories asked for $202billion in additional funding to prop up budgets  Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By Chris Pleasance for MailOnline

Published: 16:12 BST, 1 May 2020 | Updated: 18:40 BST, 1 May 2020

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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)

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

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