Houghton Mifflin Harcourt cuts 525 jobs as COVID-19 accelerates online learning

Boston-based textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt said Thursday it is laying off 525 employees as the coronavirus pandemic accelerates the shift to digital learning tools.

The company disclosed in a public filing that the reduction comes as part of Houghton Mifflin’s “ongoing assessment of its cost structure amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” and it is in line with the digital strategy the company first proposed to investors last October. The company’s stock closed up over 16 percent on the news.

A company spokesperson declined to break down how many Boston employees have been affected.

The layoff — along with a recently introduced early retirement program, which 166 employees opted into means the company has trimmed its workforce by 22 percent. That figure accounts for an undisclosed number of newly added digital-first jobs.

“As districts embrace new remote learning formats and rely more heavily on digital solutions than ever before, HMH

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BOSTON, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Learning Company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt today introduced Family Room™, a brand new, family-friendly online space that supports diverse teaching environments and makes at-home learning more manageable for families and caregivers using HMH solutions. Family Room provides an intuitive, ever-growing library of on-demand resources created with parents in mind, to provide families with engaging, practical recommendations with no teaching background required so that all caregivers can help their children thrive.

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