Anchorage School Districts Lets 55 Employees Go

The Anchorage School District is letting 55 employees go.  Thirty-five non-tenured teachers were laid off. In addition, 20 administrative and support staff members will be laid off. If jobs open over the summer, staff members may be recalled.  The last time the Anchorage School District issued layoffs for teachers was in 2003, but they were all rescinded once more funding became available. In the past, the district has been able to rescind layoffs after additional funding came in. But this year the governor signed education funding legislation before school got out, and officials say the layoffs are likely final.

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Daysha Eaton, KMXT - Kodiak
Daysha Eaton is a contributor with the Alaska Public Radio Network. Daysha Eaton holds a B.A. from Evergreen State College, and a M.A. from the University of Southern California. Daysha got her start in radio at Seattle public radio stations, KPLU and KUOW. Before coming to KBBI, she was the News Director at KYUK in Bethel. She has also worked as the Southcentral Reporter for KSKA in Anchorage. Daysha's work has appeared on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered", PRI's "The World" and "National Native News". She's happy to take assignments, and to get news tips, which are best sent via email. Daysha became a journalist because she believes in the power of storytelling. Stories connect us and they help us make sense of our world. They shed light on injustice and they comfort us in troubled times. She got into public broadcasting because it seems to fulfill the intention of the 4th Estate and to most effectively apply the freedom of the press granted to us through the Constitution. She feels that public radio has a special way of moving people emotionally through sound, taking them to remote places, introducing them to people they would not otherwise meet and compelling them to think about issues they might ordinarily overlook.