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School cuts bigger than Hawker

"Hawker Beechcraft laid off 600 and everybody jumped," said David Brax, superintendent of the Buhler school district. "But we keep cutting K-12, and we've cut more (jobs) than that, but it's spread out over 289 school districts. That doesn't make much big headline news, but it's bigger than Hawker Beechcraft." Through layoffs and unfilled positions over the past two years, Kansas school districts have cut more than 1,100 teaching jobs; 140 other certified staff jobs, such as librarians and counselors; and 930 classified school staff jobs, such as paraprofessionals and secretaries, the Hutchinson News reported.