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To make up a $140 million school system budget deficit, new Fairfax County schools Superintendent Karen Garza plans to suggest significant cuts to the budget. Among those suggestions are:

Increasing general education class size by one student: Savings of $19.5 million and would cut 271.5 positions.

Increasing special-education class size: Savings of $6.3 million and would cut 70 positions.

Cut teacher assistants from kindergarten classrooms: Savings of $6.3 million and would cut 419.4 positions.

Cut “Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools” program: Savings of $5.5 million and would cut 62.5 positions.

Cut assistant principal positions: Savings of $1.3 million and would cut 12 positions.

Cut all elementary school instructional assistants: Savings of $10.2 million and would cut 306 positions.

Reduce number of school counselor positions: Savings of $10.2 million and would cut 121.9 positions.

Reduce all employee contracts by one day: Savings of $9.1 million.

Furlough all employees one day: Savings of $7.9 million.

Charge $100 per-student, per-sport athletic participation fee: Revenue of $1.8 million.

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