13 State Department of Education Employees Laid Off

Another 13 state employees have received layoff notices and all of them are in the state Department of Education.

The state is grappling with a $922 million budget deficit 639 state employees have been laid off in recent weeks.

Those employees who receive notices will be laid off from their positions and be relieved of their duties at the close of business, according to a statement from the Office of Policy and Management .

All of the state Department of Education layoffs are in vocational-technical school system and include three staff members at Prince Technical High School in Hartford, three staff members of Whitney Technical High School in Hamden, two staff members of Platt Technical High School in Milford, three staff members of Vinal Technical High School in Middletown and two staff members of Windham Technical High School in Willimantic.

The news release said the notices are a result of federal changes in which adult students in secondary schools will no longer have access to student financial aid and will no longer be able to pay tuition next academic year.

Once the current complete their coursework, the following programs will be terminated as of June 13: Medical Assistant at Platt Technical High School, Dental Assistant at Prince and Windham Technical High Schools, Certified Nursing Assistant at Whitney Technical High School and Surgical Technologist at Prince and Whitney Technical High Schools.

On April 6, the Nursing Board of Examiners voted to close the Licensed Practical Nurse Program at Vinal Technical High School.

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