Allentown (Pa.) school board approves cutting 154 jobs

Friday, May 24, 2013

Allentown School Board approved a curtailment of programs Thursday that eliminates 132 teachers and 12 administrators, pushing the financially challenged district to more than 400 jobs slashed over the past four years.

The district's second massive curtailment in three years cuts 61 elementary, 27.5 middle school and 43.5 high school teachers along with a combination of assistant principals, instructional supervisors and central administrators.

Under state law, school districts cannot eliminate teaching positions for economic reasons but they often circumvent that by saying it's for a curtailment or alteration of programs.

Ten maintenance/custodial jobs will also be eliminated if the district formally approves its 2013-14 budget next month, bringing the cuts to 154 this year and 404 since the end of the 2009-10 school year.

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