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Public education system[h1]All 160 assistant principals laid off in Philadelphia School District[/h1]
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Demonstrates protest outside the school district headquarters, Thursday, May 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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PHILADELPHIA - June 7, 2013 (WPVI) -- Action News has confirmed that all 160 assistant principals in the Philadelphia School District are out of work amid sweeping layoffs.
That update came to Action News from the Commonwealth Association of School Administrators.
The exact total number of people being laid off was not immediately available.
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However, a school district official confirms that there will be "thousands of layoffs today."
Those layoffs will go into effect June 30th, the official said.
At the offices of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, members were having a meeting on Friday to plan their response to the layoff notices.
News of the job losses comes as the district continues trying to close a $304 million deficit.
Last week, the School Reform Commission approved a $2.4 billion spending plan that includes deep cuts in art, music, athletics and other programs.
Opponents called it the "Doomsday Budget."
The district was required to pass a budget by last Friday. Officials say some of the cuts can be rescinded if they receive extra funding this summer; they've asked the city and state to kick in $180 million and for unions to agree to about $130 million in concessions.
Action News has obtained the email sent to school principals from Superintendent William Hite about the layoffs.
This is a follow-up to my message yesterday about layoff notices.
We understand this is a difficult process for you and your school community. The Office of Human Resources will finish mailing letters today to all school-based employees affected by the layoffs. All principals will receive a list of affected employees from your Human Resources staffer this weekend.
Your Assistant Superintendent will meet with you to discuss the facts about the layoffs and to guide you in discussing the circumstances with your staff, students and families. I encourage you to utilize your Assistant Superintendent throughout this process. They are available to support you and to answer your questions. We encourage you to work with them on contingency plans for staff absences and other matters. There will be ongoing professional development opportunities and supports for principals and staff throughout the summer and fall to address your needs.
As difficult as this process might be, we need your cooperation in following our established guidelines and procedures. The school year has not yet ended and our students need your leadership and commitment.
I greatly appreciate everything that you are doing on behalf of our colleagues, students and District community.
Thank you for your continued support, cooperation and leadership.
William R. Hite, Jr., Ed.D.
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