Maryland city's school system deficit could trigger considerable layoffs

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Baltimore city school officials presented Tuesday a budget scenario that could call for "considerable staff layoffs and de-funding key contracts that serve schools" if a $31 million deficit is not closed.

In a presentation to the city school board, school officials unveiled the first draft of how revenues and expenditures are shaping up for next year. The actual budget for fiscal year 2015 will not be presented until next month, when it also has to be adopted.

According to the preliminary numbers, the board would need to dip into its reserve to maintain its level of funding to schools, avoid deep cuts to the district's central office and sustain staple programs like summer school and key reforms like Race to the Top work.

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