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Union talks push release of city schools full budget to Friday

Baltimore city school officials say planned discussions with union leaders has caused them to push back until Friday the release of their full budget proposal for next year.

The talks involve administrators' plans to layoff some staff to close a $130 million budget deficit. District officials have not said how many people will be laid off, but they said they want to meet with the unions to discuss the layoffs before any announcements.

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Schools CEO Sonja Santelises and her staff are scheduled to present a summary of the budget proposal at a school board meeting tomorrow. Their full budget is scheduled to be posted online by the end of Friday.

The complete document is expected to reveal how administrators plan to close the deficit. They said they will cut $30 million from the central office and $30 million from schools to shrink the gap. State and city lawmakers have also pledged $60 million to help the district avoid widespread layoffs.

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Santelises initially projected 1,000 people could be laid off, but she scaled back her projections after legislators pledged more money. Last month, Santelises described the layoffs as "significantly less."

The Baltimore school system's current budget stands at about $1.3 billion.

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