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More Than 600 D.C. School Employee Jobs Eliminated

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The annual redistribution of job slots or "excessing" means some schools gain jobs while others cut them.

In the former bargaining agreement between the District and the Washington Teachers union, those teachers whose jobs were cut were guaranteed a new position within the school system -- and the move was based on seniority.

But under a new agreement, negotiated last year under former schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, the "excessing" is performance based, meaning teachers will be re-employed contingent on teacher evaluations and not so much on seniority.

School officials tell the Washington Post they've been expecting the excessing notices for months.

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