Philly schools issue 76 more layoff notices

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia School District, Pennsylvania’s largest, says it is sending layoff notices to 76 more employees, the latest step in slashing 20 percent of its workforce to help fill a budget deficit.

The district said Friday the layoffs are the result of both a $304 million deficit in the district’s operating budget and $134 million in federal grant reductions.

Last week, the district issued notices to nearly 3,800 employees. The combined layoffs are one-fifth of the existing 19,530-member workforce in the schools.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is seeking higher city taxes on cigarettes and liquor-by-the-drink to raise $60 million for the schools. He’s also seeking $120 million in additional state aid and over $100 million in savings from employee union concessions.

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