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Budget Cuts Get Green Light At Final PEP Meeting

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Public schools are facing cuts after the city's Panel for Education Policy held its final meeting of the year Monday.

The panel passed the Education Department's budget, which cuts each school's budget by an average of 2.4 percent.

Principals don't have much more to cut but staff positions, meaning many teachers will be forced into a pool of substitutes.

When Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott told the audience at last night's meeting that no teachers would be laid off he was interrupted by an angry teacher who said he had been "excessed."

The panel also passed 18 plans to move some charter schools into the same buildings as public schools.

The teachers' union and NAACP are suing to block the move.

The panel also voted to reorganize the controversial Arabic-themed middle school, Khalil Gibran International Academy.

It will reopen next year as a high school in a different location.

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