Florida school budget cuts hit support staff hardest
Florida's K-12 public work force was modestly downsized again last year, but it was support workers - again - who felt the most pain and saw the most pink slips, according to the state's latest annual staff survey.
Full-time support staff - aides, technicians, secretaries, etc. - fell by 4,077 from fall 2010 to fall 2011, a 3.37 percent decrease, the Department of Education reports. Total workers fell 1.99 percent. Teachers fell 0.83 percent. Administrators grew 1.21 percent.
Since fall 2007 - the high water mark for public education funding in Florida - support workers have taken by far the biggest hit, according to some back-of-the-envelope calculations by The Gradebook. (You can do some yourself by checking out the annual reports on the DOE web site.) Their full-time numbers have tumbled from 130,578 to 116,862, a 10.5 percent decrease. The 13,716 jobs cut from their ranks are 75.7 percent of all the jobs lost from K-12 public education since 2007.
Teachers have lost 4,064 jobs over that span, a 2.4 percent decrease. Administrators have lost 175, a 1.5 percent decrease.
Total work force numbers are down 5.4 percent, from 336,329 to 318,209.