Monday, August 16, 2010

Union Leader Says MPS Will Recall 100 Teachers

The union leader for the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association, Mike Langyel, stated today that Milwaukee Public Schools is in the process of calling back about 100 more elementary-level teachers that were laid off at the end of last school year. This past July 89 teachers were called back and with this extra 100, this brings the total to nearly 200 of the 482 that received layoff notices. From the Journal Sentinel article on the breaking news:

Langyel said he believed the most recent group of tull-time teacher recalls was not prompted by the recently passed federal legislation that will send about $365 million to Wisconsin to prevent teacher layoffs and support Medicaid programs.

Rather, he said, the callbacks appeared necessary to "correct the inappropriate levels of layoffs that occurred under the previous administration."

"There are indications that the new administration is working hard to get schools to open on the right foot this year," Langyel added.

MPS has not confirmed the latest numbers. When contacted by a reporter Monday about the recalls, a district spokeswoman said she did not have any information about the matter.

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