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Gary schools canceling contracts for 370 teachers

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GARY, Ind. (AP) ó School district officials in Gary are expecting to cancel the contracts of about 370 teachers as they prepare for an expected 19 percent drop in state funding for next school year.

The districtís School Board voted Tuesday to cancel contracts for 333 teachers, with those for 40 other teachers to be canceled later.

The Post-Tribune reports that the actual number of layoffs wonít be determined until the district knows how much its current enrollment of about 11,000 students changes this fall. State records show the district has 720 teachers.

Gary Teachers Union President Carlos Tolliver argued that administrators havenít provided financial information to justify such a large layoff.

Board member Barbara Leek says the district hasnít cut positions in the past three years as enrollment has continued declining.

Posted 5/25/2011




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