DOE Needs Stimulus Funds to Prevent Layoffs

Schools chancellor Joel Klein says Albany may shortchange local schools, and not deliver the full amount of federal stimulus funds the city deserves. At a Council hearing today, he says the city may have to lay off 4,000 people, including 2,000 teachers.

KLEIN: If we get the $500 million we anticipate, no teacher reduction. We still anticipate some staff. If we had another 150 or so, I think we could protect all the staff.

Klein says he thinks the state will only give the city's Department of Education $360 million in stimulus funding.