Anchorage School District proposal lays off 20 teachers



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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — About 20 teachers may be looking for new jobs under a proposal that would reduce the Anchorage School District budget by $16.7 million for the coming school year.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports (http://bit.ly/1ApemKl) Superintendent Ed Graff's proposal almost entirely reverses a budget passed in February that would have used savings from hiring fewer and younger teachers to add staff, middle school positions and world language programs.

Three maintenance staffers would also lose their jobs, and substitute teachers that started this year would lose out on bonuses.

Educators say they're running out of time to tell tenured teachers they won't have positions come fall. A deadlocked legislature voted Thursday to take 12 days off, despite Gov. Bill Walker's attempt to call a special session to pass a budget.

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