School districts around Oregon now have a better idea of how much money they’ll have to work with next year. For some, the amount is less than they hoped, but more than they feared. The Salem-Keizer school district is facing the biggest budget gap in the state, according to Superintendent Sandy Husk. The district is anticipating a large amount of layoffs. Hermiston school officials managed to avoid some of the bigger cuts they were anticipating. But in Clackamas, a district spokeswoman says that high schools will have 25 percent fewer teachers and high school students will go from taking eight classes to seven. It’s possible lawmakers will tap more money from reserve funds before the end of the legislative session, but that’s not an outcome school districts — or kids and parents — can count on.
Do you have kids in public school? Will cuts affect their experience? How? Do you work for a school district — how will your job or those of your colleagues be afffected?
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OPB | Feb. 22, 2017