The Chesapeake Public Schools are closing their doors for good.
It’s a stark departure from a decade ago, when the public school system had about 4,000 students.
The state-funded school system closed last summer, after more than three years of decline, with an estimated 3,000 teachers laid off.
Now, only 4,600 of the school’s more than 8,500 students will remain.
The move comes at a time when the Cheshire school district is dealing with a record number of school closers: 1,835 in the first half of 2018 alone.
The district has had about 1,300 layoffs.
Some teachers, who will be offered jobs elsewhere, will be given severance packages and be able to keep their jobs, but others, who were laid off at a faster rate, will have to work for free, the district said.
The closing of the district’s public schools is the result of budget cuts that began in 2015, the end of a 10-year state-run contract.
In the wake of the cuts, the state began asking schools for additional money to keep them open.
The closing of public schools in the Cheshires is not unique.
In Michigan, about 1 in 5 public school districts closed in the last 10 years, according to a 2014 report by the Center for American Progress.
The Center found that the closings affected communities throughout the state.
In May, the Washington Post reported that the number of public school closures nationwide has increased by almost 50 percent since 2010.
The closures in the East Bay also came after other cities in the region, including San Francisco and Oakland, closed their public schools, in a move that also had an impact in neighboring communities.
In recent years, schools in both Oakland and San Francisco have struggled to make ends meet.
The Oakland district reported a budget shortfall of $9.2 million in 2016, but the district was able to restructure the school system by raising taxes and spending on arts programs.
San Francisco district reported nearly $20 million in funding for its public schools that year.
The East Bay’s public school district has struggled to keep up with its school-funding shortfall for several years, and this year it is expected to have $13.5 million in debt and a $3.4 million deficit.
Oakland’s schools, like the East Berkeley Public School District, are also facing a shrinking enrollment, according the California Education Association.
The agency said in a report last year that more than half of Oakland public schools are closing, down from 67 percent in 2015.
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