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Andres Alonso

City schools see midyear budget, staffing cuts

City schools see midyear budget, staffing cuts

A number of Baltimore schools were forced to eliminate staff this week following midyear budget cuts.

Nearly 130 staff members were left looking for job placements after the city school district imposed budget cuts because student enrollments turned out to be lower than estimated. The displaced staff are placed into a "surplus" pool, from which they can be hired at other schools.

Meanwhile, the district opened schools this year without filling a number of teacher vacancies. As of this week, there were more than 170 vacancies, and classrooms are still being staffed by long-term substitutes.

While the district is contractually obligated to keep teachers and staff...