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School district may cut 1,600 jobs

The school district warned today that stimulus funding cuts could lead to 1,600 district job losses.

Those jobs wouldn't be teachers, said Palm Beach County School Superintendent Art Johnson. He said the district did not get the state funding it needs to operate with as many employees as it does now.

In recent years, Johnson said, "we have seen the total state budget decline by 11 percent."

Johnson said the recession ended, from a national perspective, in June 2009, but state recovery is expected to vary. Florida, he said, was one of the hardest hit states because of the collapse of the housing market.

"Our economic turnaround is expected to be very slow," he said.

He said the decline in the tax base will create an $814 million hole in the state education budget. Meanwhile, the state is also projecting 28,928 additional students for 2010-2011 school year. All this is expected to happen while unemployment in Florida soars to 12 percent.

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