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Public voices opinions on proposed school budget cuts

By Alexis Fernandez 10:33 PM February 3, 2014

Monday night marked the first of two public hearings for ASD's budget for the 2014-2015 school year

ANCHORAGE – Larger class sizes, smaller staff and fewer after-school activities. That’s what’s in store for students and teachers if the Anchorage School District moves forward with its current spending plan.

Monday night marked the first of two public hearings for ASD’s budget for the 2014-2015 school year.

It was an opportunity for the school board to hear from the public about the proposed cuts that would eliminate 219 jobs across the district, including 159 teachers.

More than 20 people testified against the school board cutting 10 specialty counselors and the JROTC program.

So far, no changes have been made to the proposed budget. The next public hearing is Feb. 20, where the school board will approve the budget.

From there it goes to the Anchorage Assembly, who will vote on it.

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