Indianapolis Public Schools sent staff morale crashing and created a public splash when it laid off 300 teachers this spring.
But almost all of those teachers have been hired back or been offered other teaching jobs in the district, thanks to a boost from federal stimulus money and the district's normal turnover.
About a dozen -- all high school teachers not in core subjects -- remain involuntarily on the district's reduction-in-force list.
In fact, because of the turnover plus nearly 200 new jobs created with the stimulus money, the district now has about 100 vacancies and is looking to hire teachers to fill those spots.
This is precisely the reason I tell you that you can no longer believe what our government officials tell us. They flat out lie about budget numbers to convince taxpayers to dig deeper into their pockets whether the money is needed or not. If that two-year state budget had been as bad for IPS as you've been reading in the newspaper for the past two weeks, these teachers wouldn't be rehired at a school system with rapidly declining enrollment.