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As principals prepare to submit budgets, excessing begins

Friday is the deadline for principals to decide how to spend their budgets next year, but many have already made one tough call: To cut teachers.

A high school teacher who is being excessed sent GothamSchools the letter her principal gave her, which advises her to seek positions at other schools by attending job fairs that took place in the past.

She’ll have the summer to try to land a job at another school before being added to the Absent Teacher Reserve, the pool of teachers who work as substitutes because their jobs were eliminated.

Most schools are required to hire from the ATR pool or pick up teachers who are choosing to leave other schools. Schools that opened in the last three years are the exception: they can hire 40 percent of their teachers from outside the system. And some teaching positions, such as those in special education and science, can still go to brand new teachers.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Education said the city would not know how many teachers had been excessed until after principals submit their budgets on Friday.

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