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Indiana's largest school system cutting 357 teachers

April 14, 2011

Indiana's largest school district is preparing to lay off more teachers.

Indianapolis Public Schools said Wednesday it will cut 357 teaching jobs to fill a nearly $21 million budget hole due to cuts in state funding. Sixty-five cuts will be retirements or resignations. IPS previously had announced it would cut 271 teachers among more than 300 layoffs.

IPS Superintendent Eugene White told WTHR-TV the district also will scale back its budget for materials and school activities to try to avoid cuts to academic programs as much as possible.

White says the cuts won't have a significant effect on the pupil-to-teacher ratios.

Enrollment in the district has fallen from more than 38,000 students in 2006 to about 33,000 in 2010.

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