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Philadelphia Budget Would Cut 1,550 Jobs

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The Philadelphia school board has approved a $707.5-million budget for the 1982-83 school year that calls for the elimination of 1,550 jobs and a deficit of slightly more than $29 million.

Administrative, technical, and clerical personnel will bear the brunt of the firings, according to a spokesman for the school board. But 550 special-education teachers, psychologists, and teachers' aides are also scheduled to lose their jobs.

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers has vowed to fight any layoffs of its members and said it may strike over the issue.

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