More than 200 Jersey City teachers receive layoff notices

About 270 non-tenured Jersey City public school teachers received layoff notices from the district this week, according to the city’s Board of Education.

The layoff notices come at a financially dire time for the district, which currently faces a $120 million budget shortfall.

More notices may be coming. The district’s proposed budget would eliminate 450 teachers and teacher’s aides and 260 administration and non-instructional staff positions throughout the district.

The final number of layoffs will depend on how much revenue the city collects from a recently enacted payroll tax on local businesses.

The notices come on the heels of the district filing a lawsuit against the state education department alleging planned cuts to the district totaling millions of dollars will harm Jersey City students.