IPS says it will lay off more than 300 employees

Indiana's largest school district says it plans to lay off hundreds of employees to balance its budget.

Indianapolis Public Schools notified employees last week during spring break that they will begin cutting 271 teaching positions and 37 nonteaching positions to trim its $20 million budget deficit, WRTV-TV reported Monday.

The cuts will include 200 elementary teachers, 40 middle and high school level teachers and 21 special education instructors. A district spokeswoman said most of the affected teachers have less than five years of teaching experience.

District officials say some administrators may be laid off, too.

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

The district's school board will vote on the proposed cuts in May.

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