Klein Threatens to Cut 2,000 City Teachers

The chancellor of New York City's public schools said he may have to cut 2,000 teaching jobs if the system doesn't get a big chunk of federal stimulus funding.

City officials are lobbying for as much as $500 million in the federal spending bonanza, but there is talk that its share of the aid would be less _ around $360 million.

Chancellor Joel Klein warned City Council members Thursday that the lower funding figure would lead to cost cutting in the system, including the elimination of about 2,000 teaching positions.

The schools are also facing likely layoffs of non-teaching staff.

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