Coming in the Sunday News-Times

For the past few years, a number of school boards in the Greater New Milford and Danbury areas have told residents that cutting the budget would mean teacher layoffs.

Maybe 10 teachers might have to go. Maybe 20. Maybe more.

Yet somehow, when the final budget is approved, often only a handful of teachers -- and sometimes no teachers -- actually seem to lose their jobs.

Do local school officials pad their numbers to gain public support for increased spending, or are last-minute budget cuts made elsewhere to save jobs?

The News-Times is digging into this thorny issue and will let you know, in an exclusive report in the Sunday, July 25 edition, how many teachers were projected to get the axe in your town this year -- and how many actually lost their jobs.