NYC mayor proposes school-nurse layoffs at smaller campuses

New York City may eliminate the positions of school nurses at public and private schools with 300 or fewer students under a proposal by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to cut $3.1 million in costs. The mayor says the proposed cuts would affect no more than 146 schools and layoffs would not apply to unionized nurses. Schools that have students with specific health needs could be exempt, but nursing groups and other critics of the plan say it would affect a greater number of schools and would increase pressure on teachers, administrators and parents to help students manage health issues.

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