Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson denied speculation Monday that the District can’t afford the increased teacher salaries provided for in the 2010 collective bargaining agreement. Sources have identified the loss of millions in one-time 2010 “Edujob” funds from the Obama administration, along with reductions in certain special education monies, as part of the hole school officials are trying to fill. But Henderson didn’t have much to say about either.

“We are taking into account changes in federal revenues as we finalize school budget allocations,” she said.

One sign of the difficult days ahead was the refresher course that school principals took via conference call last week on how to eliminate teacher jobs as they assemble their 2012 spending plans, reports the Washington Post. “Excessing” can occur when there’s been a decline in enrollment, a cut in local school budgets, closings, changes in programs or restructuring under No Child Left Behind…

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