Tally of school districts' pink slips passes 4,000

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PHOENIX -- The number of Arizona teachers and other school personnel being told they may not have a job next school year because of the state's budget crisis now exceeds 4,000.

That number is sure to grow, because an initial tally released by the Arizona Education Association on Tuesday was based on reports from only 36 of the 220 districts statewide. Additional district boards were expected to consider possible personnel cuts during Tuesday night meetings.

The AEA's tally includes many of the state's largest districts by enrollment, including those in Mesa and Tucson.

The union says it has counted 4,429 notifications of contract non-renewals, reductions-in-force or similar job losses.

Districts face a Wednesday deadline under state law to notify teachers that they might not be provided new contracts.

Associated Press writer Arthur H. Rotstein in Tucson contributed to this report.

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