East St. Louis schools plans layoffs, closures - KMOV.com

East St. Louis schools plans layoffs, closures

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- Administrators for East St. Louis' cash-strapped public school district are telling its teachers that nearly half of them might lose their jobs next year, saving the district $9 million.

The East St. Louis Board voted Tuesday to send layoff notices to 287 teachers in the 7,300-student district, although the superintendent hopes about 120 teaching jobs will be saved.

The district also is considering closing three schools.

Administrators worry that the cuts will increase class sizes in East St. Louis elementary schools.

The district is owed about $4.5 million from the state, and federal stimulus money is drying up.

State law requires teachers to be warned by the end of April whether their jobs could be on the line.

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