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Luna plan would cut 770 Idaho teaching jobs

State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna's school reform plan, just unveiled today, would eliminate the jobs of about 770 teachers over the next five years, according to Department of Education estimates. "Because we are requiring online courses and because we are going to increase the student-teacher ratio over the next five years, there is anticipated to be fewer teachers," said Luna's spokeswoman, Melissa McGrath. "Over five years it would equal about 770. ... We believe over the next five years we can absorb most of those through attrition."

Increases in class sizes would go into effect next fall, and bump up again the following year. The requirement for high school students to take two online courses per year would start with next year's 9th graders, the move up a year each year until it applied to all high school students.

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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