Philadelphia schools unsure about potential staff rehires

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 1, 2013 9:53 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- School officials in Philadelphia say it's too early to know if a state bailout package will allow them to rehire any of the district's 3,800 laid-off employees.

Over the weekend, state lawmakers crafted a tentative series of proposals that would generate about $141 million for the broke district.

But not all the measures have legislative approval yet and the district would still need an additional $163 million to cover its deficit.

Earlier today, the president of the American Federation of Teachers called the situation "a crisis" and asked U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to intervene.

At the same time, local activists in Philadelphia ended a days-long fast to protest the layoffs. They expressed optimism that the district will be able to rehire staff.

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