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Wed Mar 23, 2016, 06:27 PM

Oklahoma City Public Schools District announces teacher layoffs

Source: Reuters

World | Wed Mar 23, 2016 6:54pm EDT

Oklahoma City Public Schools District announces teacher layoffs

BY RORY CARROLL

The Oklahoma City Public Schools District will eliminate 208 classroom teaching positions to help grapple with a $30 million revenue shortfall, the district's top official said on Wednesday.

The layoffs are the latest impact of the state's declaration of "revenue failure" late last year amid a collapse in the price of oil and gas, which it relies on for tax revenues.

Eliminating the teaching positions will save the state's largest school district roughly $8 million, Superintendent Rob Neu said in a memo to teachers.

The layoffs are expected to increase class sizes when they are implemented during the 2016-2017 school year, but the district will not exceed state mandated classroom sizes, he said.

Most of the cuts will be absorbed through attrition and retirement, he said.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-oklahoma-education-layoffs-idUSKCN0WP2YC

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