Atlanta Public Schools To Cut Jobs In New Budget

Apr 20, 2016

The Atlanta Board of Education votes tonight on the 2017 Fiscal Year budget, which also operates as the budget for the 2016-2017 school year.

The $743 million proposal will cut about 50 jobs from the Atlanta Public School system. Those are primarily administrative and finance positions at the Atlanta Public Schools central office.

Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said she reached the conclusion that the central office is "bloated" and inefficient after receiving feedback from parents and students. She said she’d rather spend the money from those jobs on students.

“We feel like it was necessary to continue to push hard for this transition toward an operating model where our resources are really being mostly directed to schools and instruction," Carstarphen said.

She also said the system needs more money to fund its turnaround plan for the city’s lowest performing schools. Among many major changes, Carstarphen hopes to hire charter school groups to manage up to five schools, and close up to three more schools.

That initiative, unanimously approved by the Board of Education last month, is expected to cost over $23 million, the largest budget in the system’s history. In light of the high costs, Carstarphen has said no teachers will be cut, but many will need to re-apply for their jobs.