reapply for their jobs

Hello,

A district chancellor fire people to reform public schools' system. A reporter says :

Fifty-seven teachers and seventy-seven support staff are having to reapply for their jobs.

Do I have to understand they are having to reapply for their own position or find jobs in other schools ?
 
  • misterk

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    English-American
    Yes, that's what it means. Everyone is fired, and then the chancellor has the opportunity to rehire (for their old positions or for other positions) only those people in whom he is interested.
     
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