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Santelises to present $1.31 billion budget proposal for city schools; layoff proposal expected Friday

Santelises to present $1.31 billion budget proposal for city schools; layoff proposal expected Friday

Baltimore city schools CEO Sonja Santelises is scheduled to announce this evening a $1.31 billion budget proposal for next year that represents a 2.6 percent decrease from this year's budget and includes $30 million in school spending cuts .

However, Santelises budget presentation to the city school board won't answer a lingering question for families: How many Baltimore teachers will be laid off? The answer will be provided Friday.

The school district's contracts with various employee unions require Santelises to first inform union presidents of any planned layoffs and to present them with her reasons for the staff reductions. She has scheduled meetings with union leaders...

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