Philly schools send out nearly 3,800 pink slips

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The cash-strapped Philadelphia school district has sent layoff notices to about 20 percent of its staff.

Almost 700 teachers and nearly 130 assistant principals are among those who may be jobless in the upcoming school year.

Education officials said Friday that nearly 3,800 pink slips went out because the district had to close a $304 million deficit.

However, officials say they might be able to hire back some employees if they get additional money from the city and state over the summer.

The $2.4 billion budget approved by the School Reform Commission last week also eliminates art, music and athletics programs.

The state’s largest district serves about 204,000 students. Officials say they haven’t been able to keep pace with rising costs.

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