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Failed Meridian school levy will mean layoffs, cuts, fewer days in school

After voters in Idaho's largest school district - Meridian - rejected a two-year, $37 million property tax levy yesterday, the school district is saying it will have to lay off teachers and principals; drop dental and vision coverage for district employees unless they pay for it themselves; and cut as much as 14 days off the school calendar - most of those instructional days - to make $14 million in cuts. Eric Exline, district spokesman, told KBOI-TV the lost school days will mean “that much stuff that kids aren't going to learn.”  You can see the KBOI-TV report here and election results here.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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