D.C. Public schools to cut 660 jobs by year's end

WASHINGTON (AP) - D.C. school officials say about 660 teachers and other school employees have been told that their jobs will be eliminated next month because of budget concerns and shifting enrollment within the school system.

The process known as "excessing" allows for a redistribution of jobs.

Schools with budget or other changes often lose jobs, which then go to other schools. Fred Lewis, a spokesman for acting chancellor Kaya Henderson, tells The Washington Examiner that teachers and staff will still have the opportunity to seek other jobs.

Nathan Saunders, the president of the Washington Teachers' Union, tell The Washington Post that excessing is just a way to remove older teachers. A school system spokeswoman says a series of transfer fairs will be held by the District to help teachers find new spots.