Published: Jun 07, 2012 3:25 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The Broward County school district plans to add teaching jobs.
    
In a departure from recent years, when drastic layoffs loomed as school ended for the summer, new teaching jobs will be created for the next school year. On Wednesday superintendent Robert Runcie said there will be about new 678 teaching positions.
    
The South Florida SunSentinel (http://sunsent.nl/LwfvEJ ) reports many of the new hires will teach specialty classes like physical education and music classes. Specialty programs suffered big cutbacks over the past few years.
    
The district announced 395 layoffs, but 380 of those will be non-instructional positions. Runcie previously said there would be administrative cuts to redirect funds to the classroom.
    
The new jobs will allow the district to address state mandates on class size.
    
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Information from: South Florida Sun Sentinel, http://www.sun sentinel.com

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