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Long Island's Largest School District Faces Cuts

Nick Ut
School staff face layoffs in Brentwood, N.Y.

More than 70 jobs have been cut this school year in Brentwood, the largest school district on Long Island. Nearly 30 of those jobs were vacancies left open by retirees.

High school deans, reading and math tutors, and some entry-level teachers were also eliminated. 

The layoffs come as 20 percent funding cuts from the state are threatened without additional federal coronavirus relief.

Reductions in state aid could cost the district between $10 million and $58 million. Brentwood’s school budget this year is $430 million.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.