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Hundreds of San Diego teachers could get layoff notices

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - More than 900 teachers and certified instructors in the San Diego Unified School District could receive layoff notices this spring, according to a document posted online Friday.

To resolve an estimated $120 million budget shortfall for the next school year, district staff determined the equivalent of 910 full-time jobs need to be chopped.

The FTEs are mostly full-time jobs, but some are shared by part-time employees, so the actual number of people receiving layoff notices is expected to be higher.

Under state law, teachers must be notified by March 15 if they are in jeopardy of losing their jobs.

In previous years, most of the teacher layoffs were rescinded before the jobs were actually eliminated.

However, district officials have said that because of the state and local budget deficits, and because the district's biggest expense is personnel costs, the chances are slimmer that layoff notices will be pulled back this time.

About half of the proposed cuts will affect elementary school teachers, and nearly 230 are middle and high school teachers, including 83 English and 45 music instructors.

The proposed reductions also include eight principals, 25 vice principals, 42 nurses and 59 counselors.

A proposal brought forward last week included cutting 535 teachers.

Hundreds of staff positions are also in danger of being cut.

The proposed layoffs will be taken up by school trustees at a meeting next Tuesday.

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