MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Layoff notices are in the mail to 519 employees at Milwaukee Public Schools.
Superintendent Gregory Thornton says that number includes 354 teachers. The majority are in elementary schools.
In a news release, Thornton says the district has to adjust staffing levels because of "massive cuts" in state funding and because of the district's own efforts to cut costs. He says about $84 million in state aids to MPS were cut in the state budget for 2011-13 signed by Gov. Scott Walker last weekend.
The layoffs take effect this week.
In addition to the layoffs, the district is eliminating hundreds of positions -- many of them vacant.