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All 160 assistant principals laid off in Philadelphia School District

Friday, June 07, 2013
Philadelphia School District protest

Demonstrates protest outside the school district headquarters, Thursday, May 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Action News has confirmed that all 160 assistant principals in the Philadelphia School District are out of work amid sweeping layoffs.

The exact total number of people being laid off was not immediately available.

Multiple sources inside the district tell Action News that Superintendent William Hite has sent out emails to a number of school personnel outlining the layoffs.

News of the job losses comes as the district continues trying to close a $304 million deficit.

Phone calls to the district, the teacher's union and the administration were not returned Friday morning.

Last week, the School Reform Commission approved a $2.4 billion spending plan that includes deep cuts in art, music, athletics and other programs.

Opponents called it the "Doomsday Budget."

The district was required to pass a budget by last Friday. Officials say some of the cuts can be rescinded if they receive extra funding this summer; they've asked the city and state to kick in $180 million and for unions to agree to about $130 million in concessions.

Stay with Action News and 6abc.com as this story develops.

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