Baltimore School System Braces for Layoffs Despite New Aid

Baltimore City schools chief Sonja Santelises said Tuesday she will have to lay off employees despite commitments by state and city leaders to help fill a budget gap for the next school year.

Teachers and other staff throughout the school system received written notices Tuesday telling them to expect a layoff announcement in May.

The letter, written by interim human resources chief DeRay McKesson, said employees across many areas of the system could be affected, including teachers, administrators and school police officers.

Although district administrators initially projected 1,000 people would be laid-off, Santelises said “significantly less” employees would be let go because of $60 million in new assistance from the city and state.