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May 8, 2013 2:02 PM

Tucson Unified School District OKs job cuts

TUCSON - The Tucson Unified School District plans to lay off 187 teachers and other certified workers at the end of the school year to help close a $17 million budget deficit.

However, some of the employees will be able to shift to vacant jobs.

News 4 Tucson reporter Sean Mooney reports that the district board voted 3-2 Tuesday night to approve the layoffs, a response to declining enrollment and state funding cuts.

Teachers account for most of the workers who would lose their jobs but others include librarians, counselors and literacy and math specialists.

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