GLENDALE — Citing an expected windfall from a federal aid bill, Glendale Unified officials on Monday said all 66 teachers who were laid off this year will be offered their jobs back when school begins in three weeks.
District Supt. Dick Sheehan said Glendale Unified to could collect up to $5 million as part of a multi-billion dollar federal aid package to states. Congress is expected to approve the funding this week.
"I'm totally shocked," said Cynthia Landeros, who was the Teacher of the Year at Edison Elementary School last year. "I didn't think this is what we were going to hear."
Combined, the aid will bring average kindergarten through third-grade class sizes down from 30 to 24, students per teacher, officials said.
"We're sorry that you had to go through this whole process," Sheehan said to a room of teachers who had assembled at the district headquarters on Monday. "We'll try to put schools back together as close as possible."