ASD Plans to Cut 215 Positions to Meet Shortfall

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by Whitney LB Miller
by written story: Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Anchorage School District plans to eliminate 215 positions to help make up for a projected shortfall of $25 million.
   
Superintendent Jim Browder on Friday released a preliminary budget for the 2013-14 school year.
   
Reports say the 215 jobs to be lost include about 100 vacant positions that were cut this school year.
   
Browder says he hopes to cut the number of people to be laid off to about 50 by the end of this year.
   
Hardest hit will be teaching assistants who help students with disabilities. The district proposes cutting 49 positions there.
   
The total proposed budget for the state's largest school district is $720 million.
 

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