More than 3,800 jobs may be cut in Philadelphia district

April 29, 2011
School system says drastic measures must be taken to address a $629 million budget shortfall

From The Philadelphia Inquirer: Philadelphiaofficials say the school district may have to shed 3,820 employees - 16 percent of its workforce - and is planning for more painful cuts, including losing full-day kindergarten,. At a hearing on the district's $2.7 billion budget, Chief Financial Officer Michael Masch told the School Reform Commission that to close a $629 million gap, the district must also make painful trims in areas ranging from gifted and alternative education to transportation and counselors. Class sizes will go up; individual school budgets will go down.

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