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Bloomberg's budget will eliminate 6,100 teachers

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Additional tax revenues to the city’s coffers won’t be enough to save more than 6,100 teaching jobs — set to be axed in the next fiscal year under the preliminary budget Mayor Michael Bloomberg will deliver Thursday.

It remains to be seen exactly how deep the cuts will go across departments, although the mayor in his November budget plan said more than 10,000 of the city’s 300,000 workers would lose their jobs, the majority through attrition.

City schools will see 4,666 teachers laid off and 1,500 positions eliminated through attrition, administration officials said Wednesday in previewing the mayor’s proposal.

“Right now, we face very difficult decisions on how to balance the budget without harming the progress we have made, especially in our schools,” Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson said in a statement.

The United Federation of Teachers has said it opposes the layoff proposal.

The Bloomberg administration also said the city’s budget will benefit from $2 billion in added tax revenue since November, although the state is cutting aid to the city by $2.1 billion, putting everything from senior centers to youth job programs in jeopardy.

The city faces an estimated $2.4 billion budget gap for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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