Puerto Rico is in a deep economic crisis. Over the last two years, the U.S. territory has raised taxes and seen people leave for the U.S. mainland to have itself from an economic collapse. Because of this, the population in Puerto Rico’s schools have decreased, but it looks like the school system will be the latest victim of budget cuts.
Puerto Rico will close 184 public schools before the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Around 27,000 students – the majority from kindergarten to fourth grade will be affected, as well as 2,7000 teachers. This is the largest closing in the island’s history. Between 2010 and 2015, Puerto Rico closed approximately 150 schools.
Teachers will be relocated according to their seniority. Non-teaching employees will be transferred to schools near their homes, and principals and other supporting staff will be relocated to schools that need additional assistance.
The commonwealth has recently filed for a type of bankruptcy to help restructure its $73 billion in debt after negotiations with multiple creditors failed.
Source: ABC News