Pittsburgh Public Schools could furlough 20 teachers

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PITTSBURGH —

The Pittsburgh Public School District may lay off more than a dozen teachers and teacher aides in the near future.

The district sent out preliminary furlough notices to 20 teachers and 19 teacher aides.

The board is expected to take action on the furloughs at its legislative meeting Aug. 27.

“It is definitely anticipated (that) the number for both groups could go down, based on attrition and school needs,” said district spokeswoman Ebony Pugh.

The district will send final notices to affected employees on Aug. 1.

In 2012, the district furloughed 190 teachers and 81 other employees to reduce the district's budget deficits.

Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.