Anchorage schools plan to add extra class

Jan 14, 2014 -- 10:15am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage high school principals have been told to add an extra period to the day in the next school year, giving students seven classes instead of six. The Anchorage Daily News says the School District is bracing for budget cuts. Adding an additional class would allow schools to do more with less. It also would shorten the length of classes and add additional students per day for teachers. Next year's budget will be released next week. It includes about $23 million in cuts. Over the next two years, the school district needs to cut $49 million. District spokeswoman Heidi Embley says those cuts will translate into the loss of more than 200 positions, including teachers, unless the district gets a surprise boost of state funding.

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