Allentown School Board to Vote on Teacher Cuts

Friday, March 22, 2013

The Allentown School Board was considering a resolution at last night's meeting to eliminate 150 teaching positions as part of a curtailment of programs.

The resolution calls for slashing 38.5 high school teachers, 21 elementary school related arts teachers and 19 middle school related arts teachers, among other teacher cuts.

The district faces a $22.5 million deficit for 2013-14 and cuts to teachers, administrators and other staff account for about $11 million in savings.

Allentown's curtailment replaces the elementary school period for music, art, library and gym with an enrichment period for academic intervention. Classroom teachers would try to weave the related arts into their daily lessons.

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