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Thornton outlines plan to close city schools' budget deficit
Thornton outlines plan to close city schools' budget deficit

Central office layoffs, elimination of hundreds of teaching and staff positions in a "surplus pool" and other savings totaling $63 million are part of Baltimore schools CEO Gregory Thornton's plan to shrink an estimated $108 million budget deficit. In an interview with The Baltimore Sun, Thornton outlined a plan to chip away at a deficit run up by union contracts, pre-kindergarten expenses and an overhaul of the district's infrastructure — and made even larger due to $35 million in proposed cuts in state funding. Thornton has previously been mum on the overall size of the deficit and his strategies for eliminating it. In recent weeks city officials said they...

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