Paul Pastorek, the Louisiana superintendent of public instruction, says he plans to offer financial incentives to trim the workforce at the state education department.
Employee ranks at the 650-member agency will be reduced by 50 workers in the next six months, he said. Mr. Pastorek said the reduction plan will save up to $3 million per year for the department, which has an annual budget of about $60 million.
Under the plan, education department employees who are retirement-eligible will be offered one-time payments if they call it quits.
A version of this article appeared in the October 21, 2009 edition of Education Week as Louisiana Education Chief to Offer Incentives to Cut Agency Roster