Published: May 17, 2011 6:53 PM EDT
Updated: May 17, 2011 6:53 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The Broward County school district is cutting teaching positions as it grapples with a $144 million deficit for the upcoming school year.

Officials say more than 1,400 teachers will receive letters Tuesday morning informing them of the layoffs. Most of these teachers had either been with the district for less than two years or signed one-year contracts. These jobs were covered by federal stimulus money, which is not being renewed.

Teachers who receive pink slips will finish out the school year, which ends in June.

Officials warned this may not end job losses for the nation's sixth largest school district. State budget cuts slashed student spending by about $540 per student. Officials say about $81 million will be cut from schools, meaning more teachers may be laid off this summer.

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