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Teachers union calls on Albuquerque schools to avoid cuts

February 16, 2017 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The teachers union is calling on the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education to avoid pay cuts, furloughs or increased class size and to instead rely on cash reserves to cover [auth] budget reductions.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2lbJwF2) that members of a caucus within the Albuquerque Teachers Federation protested outside district headquarters Wednesday, calling on the district to find a way to cover a $12.5 million budget cut that won’t negatively affect teachers.

District administrators have said the financial situation is so dire they must consider all options. A message from the APS Budget Steering Committee to employees a few weeks ago said the district is dipping into cash reserves as much as possible before considering options such as laying off 750 people or shutting down for four days to save $10 million.

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