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School for pregnant teens faces Idaho budget ax

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03/02/10

BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Deep budget cuts to Idaho public education
mean a Boise high school for 47 pregnant teens and young mothers
could lose about $525,000, leaving district officials uncertain how
they'll fund the 46-year-old program.

The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee is due to set the
fiscal year 2011 schools budget on Wednesday.

The proposal to end funding for a year to the Marian Pritchett
High School in Boise's North End is just a sliver of what's at
stake.

According to a draft plan to trim about $130 million from
spending starting July 1, the minimum salary for first-year Idaho
teachers would dip below $30,000; an early-retirement program would
be abandoned; and raises for teachers based on experience and
education would be frozen.

Dan Hollar, a Boise School District spokesman, says
administrators are still assessing plans for the Marian Pritchett
facility.


(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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