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Eaton Co. Special Needs Educators Speak Out After Being Let Go

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CHARLOTTE, Mich. (WLNS) – Dozens of parents and educators came together at the Charlotte library on Monday to offer support for one another after 24 special needs instructors were fired from the Eaton Intermediate School District on Thursday.

"It's more than heartbreaking. I don't know what's going to happen to these kids," says Penny Aseltine, mother of a special needs child.

When the instructors were let go they were offered similar positions with the Grand Ledge School District. However, the new positions come with a significant pay cut and no health care benefits.

Eaton Regional Education Services Agency Superintendent Christine Beardsley says the cuts were made solely based on financials. "If we don't look for ways to be efficient and effective, then someone else outside of education will do it for us," she says.

Cutting the 24 jobs will save the district more than $700,000.

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