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Schools might be aided by new bills

March 11, 2013 • Local News

With the state Legislature scheduled to wrap up this week, there has been a flurry of activity at the Roundhouse. Here’s a brief look at some of the bills passed over the weekend:

Friday, the Senate passed SB 464, sponsored by Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, which would give public school districts a year of flexibility to deal with budget shortfalls involving issues such as class and teaching loads, length of school day, staffing patterns and instructional material purchases.

“No one is happy that this type of measure is needed for another year,” Kernan said in a statement. “But until school budgets are restored to their pre-recession levels, districts have almost no choice but to seek flexibility.

“Particularly with the threat of sequestration hanging over the heads of many districts, another year of these waivers will be vitally Login to read more

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