- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia officials have warned 55 prison educators of possible layoffs amid the ongoing budget stalemate.

Sarah Stewart of the state Department of Education says a letter was sent Thursday to the teachers and principals at adult prison facilities.

The educators are a combination of full-time and part-time workers.

Stewart says the letters went on the assumption in the House budget that calls for sweeping $4 million from the adult inmate education program. House members have since called for restoring $2 million of that fund.

The GOP-led Legislature continues to negotiate a budget with a $270 million shortfall. Without a budget, the state government would shut down beginning July 1.

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