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Keep city teachers employed

The latest from Mayor Michael Bloomberg is that he will have to lay off an additional 15,000 teachers if there is no additional help from Albany.

This is totally incomprehensible! New York City public schools are overcrowded, teachers work under difficult to nearly impossible conditions and now the threat of massive teacher layoffs is a real possibility. There has to be a better way to save money than battering our schools and teachers.

Education should be one area not affected by cutbacks. If this threat to lay off all these teachers comes to fruition, then the city public school system will implode. There is no viable way that it can survive the total layoff of nearly 21,000 teachers in addition to all of those teachers who are eligible to and will retire.

A better way needs to be found. Do not lay off teachers.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

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