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Thousands of Massachusetts teachers have received layoff notices as a result of the state's budget crisis, according to a study by the state education department. (See Education Week, Oct. 18, 1989.)

According to the survey, which was conducted early this month, 6,111 teachers in 159 school districts were expected to have received pink slips by last week. That represents about 16 percent of the teachers in those districts, the report says.

Commissioner of Education Harold Raynolds Jr. noted that the actual number of layoffs in the districts surveyed probably would be fewer than the number of notices. State-aid payments and the resolution of any local budget problems will likely free up more funds, he said.

Mr. Raynolds added, however, that the statewide total of layoff notices will be higher than 6,111, because only about 65 percent of the state's teachers were included in the survey.

According to the study, other school employees in danger of losing their jobs include 195 support-staff members, 197 administrators, and 450 instructional aides.

Beginning next month, student-commuters in New York City will be able to ride on specially designated, guarded subway trains, the city's Transit Authority has announced.

A group called "Principals for Safe Passage" this month asked the authority to develop a plan to establish guarded trains for students. The principals were concerned about increased violence against students on their way to and from school. (See Education Week, April 4, 1990.)

The pilot program, now being developed by the authority and school officials, probably will begin on the D line, running through Brooklyn, the site of several violent incidents against students, an authority spokesman said. Security officers will ride on at least one specially designated car on each train during mornings and afternoons.

Vol. 09, Issue 31

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