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The school system has posted several budget documents on its Web site.
In response to the confusion yesterday about the savings from each of the 179 jobs: The system has a $55 million shortfall, $40 million of which would be closed by cutting the central office. It's not just job cuts; there are operational trims as well.
A few of the cost-saving measures that stuck out as interesting to me: 1) The system would discontinue the use of the TerraNova for eighth-grade admissions to citywide high schools, using seventh-grade MSA scores instead. 2) Because the system did not need to hire nearly as many teachers as expected this year and ended up with a number of people in co-teaching positions, it would cut its contract with Baltimore City Teaching Residency and recruit fewer foreign teachers (except in special ed).
I'm still plowing through the reorganization chart, but as you'll see in my story today, Dr. Alonso is proposing a new structure to support principals. Each school would belong to a "network" with four administrators: two providing instructional support, one specializing in special education, and one to help with budget and facilities. There would also be a new accountability office.
If you didn't already see our map of the proposed school moves yesterday, make sure to check it out.