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It looks like high school students in Bend and La Pine will soon join students in Redmond and Madras in moving away from block classes to a seven period a day schedule. Bend La Pine Schools Superintendent Ron Wilkinson says the change allows teachers to oversee more classes as the district tries to adjust to dramatic budget cuts:  "We're dealing with a $15 million budget gap for next year, and we are anguishing over how to do that. And its without any way that I look at it, I have to reduce teachers; and we're looking about reducing about 20 to 22 teachers at the high schools.” He says the change to 7 classes a day holds class size to around 35 students per class.   The District had used a block schedule for about 15 to 20 years. Wilkinson also says its become clear during the past few weeks that the Legislature doesn't plan to make changes to PERs Rules that would free up some of the District funding mandates, so now they are forced to cut teaching positions.

 

 

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