DETROIT — More than 1,000 teacher retirements will allow Detroit Public Schools to recall all teachers from layoff and hire up to 300 more to fill staffing gaps, according to a WWJ Radio report.

Detroit Federation of Teachers President Keith Johnson said he was informed Thursday by Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb that all layoff notices have been rescinded.

"We actually might be hiring, and not just in critical areas. I'm talking about Elementary, Home Room, English, Social Studies and the like," Johnson told WWJ.

About 40 percent of DPS teachers received layoff notices in April due to reduced enrollment and budget overspending, WWJ reported.

SOURCE:

WWJ Radio, "Detroit Schools Short on Teachers," Aug. 26, 2010

FURTHER READING:

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Are Public Schools Underfunded? No," July 5, 2010

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