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Hartford School Board Passes $419 Million Budget Calling For At Least 235 Job Cuts

Hartford School Board Passes $419 Million Budget Calling For At Least 235 Job Cuts

HARTFORD — A weary Hartford school board approved a $419.1 million education budget on Monday, another slog in a year overshadowed by the city's budget crisis.

The spending plan is $3.2 million less than Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez's initial proposal for the coming 2016-17 year, and overall, a $22.4 million drop compared with Hartford schools' current budget.

"I feel awful," said board member Craig Stallings, one of two dissenting votes. "I'm heartbroken. ... The unintended consequences of what we're getting ready to do is send some kids to prison because we're going to under-educate them and we're not going to give them the quality...

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