Not As Many Ny Teachers At The Start Of The School Year

09.02.13 | Sarah Harnisch

When students return to school this week in New York state, it'll be with 12-and-a-half thousand fewer teachers than just a couple years ago. The state's teachers' retirement system said the pension system had more than 273-thousand active members outside of new york city in June, that's a 4 percent decline from 2010. Schools will return to classes with fewer programs, higher class sizes and less staff. The state earlier this year also implemented tougher standards for students and teachers. Districts have eliminated thousands of teaching positions because of budget cuts and to adjust to declining student enrollment.  Many schools are simply not replacing teachers who retire. Some of those teachers left because of new evaluations and additional student testing. New York United Teachers, the state's largest teachers union, estimates that there are 35-thousand fewer school positions than there were in 2008.