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Students battle budget cuts

By Dave Detling 6:38 AM February 12, 2014

Counselor, teacher positions included in school district cuts

ANCHORAGE – Two middle school students took to the podium during Tuesday’s Anchorage Assembly meeting to plead for help.

Tabitha Wheeler and classmate Vanessa Duhrsen made a case for saving specialized positions within the Anchorage School District. The pair said they’re concerned the proposed budget cuts will eliminate necessary counseling positions at West High School.

Wheeler said the positions are invaluable to student success, for both special education and advanced students.

“A lot of my friends, including myself, would take six AP classes and then, plus, do competitive sports,” she said. “Not only do [students] need [counselors] for stability as far as keeping their schedule balanced, but they also need those recommendations to get into really good colleges.”

The Assembly applauded the student’s testimony but said there was little the municipality could do regarding the proposed budget cuts.

A final reading and vote on the 2014-2015 budget will take place next Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the ASD Education Center Complex.

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