ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Public School system voted to slash $47 million from next year's budget, eliminating nearly 500 jobs including teachers, custodians and school bus drivers.
The board's decision came after hours of public testimony -- much of it opposed to the deep cuts school officials insist are necessary to balance the budget.
The superintendent's budget plan calls for eliminating 230 teachers, 90 custodians and 14 bus drivers.
A spokesman for the school system says they plan to replace the janitorial staff with contractors. The move is expected to save the district an estimated $3 million annually.
Additional cost-cutting measures include no raises this year for school system employees and two furlough days.