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Luna proposes change: Districts, teachers could cut own pay to avoid bigger class sizes

State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna has switched his list of five new bills to just three: One on labor conditions, one on reform, and a separate bill on pay for performance. Introducing the new measures, Luna said, "Ultimately because of this legislation, class sizes will be determined at the local level." He said that he heard from teachers and other stakeholders that they wanted that option. "They expressed an interest in being able to choose to reduce their own pay in order to keep class sizes at the same level in their district," Luna said, and to prevent teaching jobs in their district from being cut.

He said other changes include cutting requirements for online classes for high school students from six to four; letting districts decide which students in grades 9-12 should get laptop computers first; and requiring the state to set standards for "online citizenship."




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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