Entries in Layoffs (2)


Gingrich, Strapped for Cash, Lays Off Third of Staff

Jessica McGowan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Running low on cash and falling further behind in the delegate count, Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich will slash about a third of his campaign staff in an effort to stay in the race for as long as possible.

Gingrich staffers confirmed to ABC News that the former House speaker had shaken up the top tiers of his staff, including replacing campaign manager Michael Krull with Vince Haley, a longtime Gingrich advisor.

Gingrich, insists that he is still a viable candidate despite a third-place rank in the delegate count. He has hinged his entire strategy on hoping Mitt Romney is incapable of securing the 1,144 delegates needed to become the nominee, resulting in a contested GOP convention this summer.

Earlier Tuesday in Annapolis, Md., Gingrich told reporters “the money is very tight obviously” and suggested his communications staff would soon announce a series of layoffs.

Those announcements came Tuesday evening, on the heels of increased evidence that the campaign is striving to stay relevant and stay fiscally afloat.

In recent days, many of the reporters from the country’s major print publications stopped routinely following Gingrich. And Monday night in Delaware, Gingrich charged supporters $50 to have a photo taken with him.

“Clearly, we are going to have to go on a fairly tight budget to get from here to Tampa,” Gingrich said Tuesday. “But I think we can do it.”

On the stump Gingrich regularly talks about how his campaign was left for dead several times in the past only to resurrect itself. Most dramatically, last June, nearly all his senior staff quit the campaign en masse. It was at that time that Krull, a former advance man and friend of Gingrich’s wife Callista, was hired.

Gingrich significantly cut back the number of scheduled campaign events he holds. Currently on his schedule, he only has one event a day for the next three days.

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Education Secretary Duncan Encourages Productivity and Flexibility

U.S. Department of Education(WASHINGTON) -- In a conference call Thursday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan stressed the need for governors to enhance productivity and flexibility in education despite facing a severe budget crisis.

“In these difficult financial times, meeting the challenge of improving education is even tougher, and many school districts are facing layoffs, reductions in state funding and massive budget deficits,” Duncan said.  “There is a right way and wrong way to cut spending, and the most important guiding principle I can offer is to minimize the negative impact on students.”

At the request of the states’ governors, the Department of Education released two documents Thursday to assist governors in making the best decisions about education while confronting demanding budget cuts.  The documents provide guidance for states to flexibly invest federal funds and ensure those funds are implemented in a way that fosters productivity for students.

“America’s governors are facing tougher financial challenges than any time in recent history, and we call this a ‘new normal’, but we can never allow the new normal to take us backwards.  We have to do more with less.  We have to have to put needs of children above everyone else,” said Duncan.

Duncan addressed pending teacher layoffs across the country and urged states and school districts to not simply rely on seniority when determining layoff decisions.

“We’re challenging states and districts to use teacher effectiveness in the classroom as a factor in teacher layoffs.  Districts should not let go of effective young teachers because it’s the easiest path and they should not let go of effective higher paid veterans just to save money,” he said.

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