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Stamford, Bridgeport students head back to school as cuts loom

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Tens of thousands of students went back to school today in Stamford and Bridgeport, but their parents are worried about looming cuts.

It’s been two months now without a state budget, and it’s already having an impact.

Students went back to Bassick High School this morning, where city schools have already had to cut almost half of the district's 28 literacy coaches.

Even when a state budget does get passed, the state's largest school system could lose money.

"Currently we are underfunded, and if we remain flat funded through ECS, that's not going to help our children, so we're pretty much in limbo in a holding pattern," says Bridgeport School Superintendent Dr. Aresta Johnson.

Bridgeport has cut almost 40 staff positions so far, including a security guard and three school nurses.

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