Kansas school district officials announce layoffs, pay cuts

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas City, Kansas, school officials say low state funding and the loss of $2 million in expected state money this year are forcing the district to lay off 31 staff members and cut pay for about 850 others.

Superintendent Cynthia Lane says she spent six hours Wednesday announcing the cuts to her staff. Those laid off include Edwin Hudson, the district’s human resources chief, and 30 assessment managers hired three years ago to keep track of state assessment scores.

Lane told The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1HY6Rzc ) she looked to her administration for the staff cuts, and that no teachers are losing their jobs.

All district staff members will be forced to take four unpaid furlough days off in the 2015-2016 school year, which amounts to a pay cut.

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