FLINT, Mich. – The Flint board of education voted to send 28 more lay-off notices to the district’s parent facilitators and behavioral specialists, according to The Flint Journal.

Superintendent Linda Thompson said the pink slips are precautionary and, more than likely, temporary. The layoffs go into effect on June 13, but will be rescinded before next school year when the district receives $16 million in federal Title I aid, The Journal reported.

Community member Belinda Mack isn’t too worried about the layoffs.

"It's sad some people don't see the big picture of what's going on," Mack told The Journal. "We don't have the money and we have to do what we can to keep the children we have. Everyone should take a business class to understand."

The 28 pink slips are in addition to the 240 layoff notices sent to teachers and administrators in April. The district will also close four schools to help alleviate a budget that is $12 million over expected revenues, according to The Journal.

SOURCE:
The Flint Journal, "Flint schools send 28 more lay-off notices, hope to bring staff back," May 7, 2008

FURTHER READING:
Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "School District Budgeting," in "A Michigan School Money Primer," May 30, 2007



MACKINAC CENTER ANALYSIS:
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s book, "A Michigan School Money Primer," gives an overview of the school district budgeting process.

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