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Ann Arbor Public School brings back 154 teachers, 79 still laid off

An empty classroom
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O.k., o.k., we know this one is empty, but some high school students in the Detroit Public Schools say their classroom are far from empty.

154 laid-off teachers in Ann Arbor have been asked to return in the fall.

Earlier in May, 233 Ann Arbor Public School teachers were given pink slips, after the district faced a $8.7 million budget deficit for the 2013-14 academic year.

Now, 154 of those 233 teachers have been recalled -- 109 were invited back on July 19 and 45 more on July 26. But as AnnArbor.com’s Danielle Arndt reported, the district isn’t saying just yet what’s happening with the other 79 who haven’t been recalled:

“District spokeswoman Liz Margolis said the human resources department is working hard to call back staff as soon as possible and is hopeful all of the 233 teachers will be able to be recalled. However, Margolis declined to say how likely this was or to comment on a timeline for the recalls. The recall process involves monitoring student enrollment, analyzing teachers' certifications to see which grade levels and subjects they are eligible to teach and must take into consideration teachers' seniority, Margolis said.”

If the last third of the recalled teachers aren’t called back, it would be the first time teachers have been laid off in the district’s history. The district hasn’t given pink slips since 2010.

- Melanie Kruvelis, Michigan Radio Newsroom

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