Over 50 People Attend Meeting on School Budget

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by written by: Associated Press
by Whitney LB Miller

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - More than 50 people attended a meeting on proposed cuts in the Anchorage School District budget.
   
The school superintendent's staff introduced a proposal to deal with an estimated $25 million deficit.
   
Reports say for two hours parents, teachers and even students let the school board know Monday night what they thought about the proposal and the cuts. District School Superintendent Jim Browder says it is difficult to reduce the budget by $25 million without affecting people. He is proposing cutting 215 jobs. Those jobs include 100 positions that were vacated earlier in the current school year. Browder says with more attrition, the actual number of layoffs would be around 50 people.
   
A hot topic was proposed changes in the program for gifted students.

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