Two Percent of Teacher Contracts Not Renewed

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

That's a loss of about 705 jobs among the roughly 33,000 teaching positions.

State Board of Education member Claude Hartley told legislative budget writers Tuesday that losing teachers can mean larger class sizes, which can affect the quality of education.

The 705 job losses are for teachers whose contracts were not renewed.

The numbers don't include teaching jobs that are open because someone retired or a position wasn't filled.

The state Department of Education says 150 of the 152 school districts responded to its survey about employment levels.

Agricultural high schools in Hinds and Coahoma counties did not respond.


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  • by Peabody Location: Zero on Sep 28, 2010 at 07:46 AM
    Bob:If you learned to spell you might still have a job.
  • by area teacher Location: here on Sep 22, 2010 at 09:38 AM
    Some districts chose to NOT take the annual step-raise, and some even chose to take salary CUTS, rather than lose teacher units. I'm wondering if those districts that cut teacher units considered these other options. Concerned, I'm not sure exactly what school you are referring to, but all of the administrative staff, including counselor and lead teacher (where I work), work way past quittin'time to keep up with all of the Tier paperwork that is required by the state. On occasion, I see them working on weekends as well. They deal with multiple problems that the public knows nothing about. Depending on the size of the school, one person simply cannot take care of all of the administrative duties.
  • by concerned Location: Meridian on Sep 22, 2010 at 09:03 AM
    I feel the school system could shed a few administrator and counseling jobs as well. Go back to the way it used to be. These assistant principals are paid way too much and really only perform the tasks that the head pricipals don't. We don't need two people with Masters degrees to run a school. Schools already get much of their leadership assistance from county/city main office personnel.
  • by Bob Location: Chunky on Sep 22, 2010 at 07:03 AM
    I was one of those teachers! I had the highest test scores in the county. I was replaced by a first year teacher (I taught 24 years, one short of retirement). Three grades, three techers reduced to two teachers. I didn't worry because I thought I could find another position. Still looking.
  • by Kemper County Parent Location: Kemper County on Sep 22, 2010 at 04:06 AM
    I think this is sad. Our students are scoring low on test, and instead of getting them help, we get rid of more teachers. Give me a break!
  • by Parent Location: Mississippi on Sep 21, 2010 at 03:34 PM
    And we wonder why our test scores are so low. You can only load a horse with so much before you break its back. Teachers are feeling the load.
  • by Loco Location: Jupiter on Sep 21, 2010 at 02:51 PM
    I do not understand, why we still having shortest of teachers? This is crazy!!!
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