Allentown schools to cut 250 teachers, staff

April 1, 2011 3:55:49 AM PDT
A plan to cut nearly 250 teaching and staff positions at Allentown schools has passed unanimously.

The school board and an anxious crowd went going over the plan, called "Programs of Studies", which contains both sweeping curriculum changes and the big job cuts, according to WFMZ.

In addition to the position cuts, the plan would transform the district's curriculum by concentrating primarily on the core courses and cutting multiple electives. The audience had lots of reactions.

The district calls the new curriculum plan their "Pathways to Success" program but the teachers' union said it's the wrong road to take.

"The Allentown Education Association will do everything it can to prevent the degradation of the services we provide," said Debbie Tretter, president of the teachers union. She received a standing ovation.

School board members on the other hand, showed little emotion, according to WFMZ.

Dr. Zahorchak promised that he and other administrators would continue to listen aggressively and be available to clarify the changes.