True to forecasts, the board voted to lay off 545 teachers and 117 support staff, effective in June. To that were added more than 100 principals and assistant principals.

Six of the eight board members present voted to approve separate resolutions to lay off teachers, support personnel and administrators. The board made its decision after meeting privately for more than an hour. During that time, teachers stood and loudly sang “We Shall Not be Moved” and other songs.

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