By Peter MacArthur 11:28am, May 9, 2013 - Updated 2:22pm, May 9, 2013Brandywine School District officials say a budget shortfall is behind the upcoming layoffs of 19 staff members.
The layoffs take effect June 11th. They affect nine computer lab employees, nine early reading teachers and an instructional paraeducator.
Karen Kennedy is president of The Federation Local 762 which represents the affected workers.
She says the situation is born out of the state's desire to focus on STEM learning; science, technology, engineering and math, but not wanting to pay for it all.
"The state needs to recognize and fund technology support. The state has so many demands on the school districts to implement all this technology that they don't want to pay for people to run it, and that's where we're stuck right now."
Kennedy says the decision will hurt students in the district and will
eliminate 15 percent of its union members who work there.
Brandywine School District has not returned calls for comment.
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