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Cincinnati schools to cut 10 percent of teachers

5:26 AM, Apr 19, 2012   |    comments
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CINCINNATI -- One of Ohio's largest districts is cutting about 10 percent of its teaching staff next school year to save an estimated $20 million as it copes with a budget hole twice that size.

The Cincinnati school board voted Wednesday to eliminate 237 instructors, including 35 who would be laid off.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports 112 of the job cuts are retirements or resignations and 90 are long-term substitutes.

Leaders in the district of 32,000 students say cuts in state and federal funding are to blame.

The head of the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers says job cuts have outpaced declines in enrollment, and instructors are worried about the potential for more overcrowded classrooms.

The board's decision comes a month after the district laid off 40 administrators.

The Associated Press

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