The school board of Providence, R.I. voted to send all of its 1,926 teachers termination notices on Thursday as a measure to improve the city's budget.
State law requires that teachers be informed of potential dismissals by March 1, so the vote faced an upcoming deadline that Supt. Tom Brady and the school board had to meet.
Mayor Angel Taveras hoped to ease the concerns of teachers and citizens on Friday. According to The New York Times, Taveras said that an "overwhelming majority" would not actually lose their jobs.
Providence is expected to close some of its schools by September and only teachers at those schools would be terminated.
The Providence Journal reports that Brady clarified in an email that "this action gives the School Board the right to dismiss teachers as necessary, but not all teachers will actually be dismissed at the end of the school year."
This flexibility is expected to help city officials prepare for the coming year's budget.
The school district itself is dealing with a $40 million deficit, while Providence anticipates facing more that the $57 million shortfall that it did a year ago, according to CNNMoney.
The city's contracts with the teachers' union expire June 30, and both parties look to begin negotiations soon.