Flint schools to lay off more than 130 teachers

Flint Community Schools will let go of 139 teachers come June 10, the last day of school, but the teacher's union is holding out hope that number will be smaller.

The district faces a $15.6 million budget deficit.

Wednesday night, the board approved a deficit elimination plan the state accepted last week. The plan calls for erasing that debt by 2016 through more teacher layoffs, closing two more elementary schools in addition to the four schools closing this year and outsourcing various services.

Ethel Johnson, president of United Teachers of Flint, said, â??We all need to work, but the budget needs to be balanced, and unfortunately, sometimes it's balanced on the backs of the staff.â??

District officials say some of the 139 teachers could be recalled after June 30.