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Teachers may have to choose between raises or jobs

Lola Alapo • Mar 19, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Knox County teachers may have to choose between receiving step pay raises or saving 30 teaching positions of colleagues.

That's the option Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre is giving them as a way to help close a $19 million budget gap for the 2010-11 school year.

The head of the local teachers' union said McIntyre's proposal puts educators in a tough position.

McIntyre on Thursday proposed to the Knox County school board a $379.91 million budget for the 2010-11 school year. Cuts include restructuring the district's Talented and Gifted program, a 25 percent reduction in the substitute teacher budget and cuts in Central Office positions.

Read the full report at the Knoxville News Sentinel Web site.

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