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Vegas District Wins Teacher Ruling

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — School officials in Las Vegas say an arbitrator’s ruling in a teacher salary and benefits dispute could cut $10 million from a deficit at the cash-strapped Clark County School District.

The Las Vegas Sun reports (http://bit.ly/HhY7qE ) the Wednesday ruling by arbitrator Claude Dawson Ames lets the district reduce teacher salaries by 1.125 percent to fund increased pension contributions.

The percentage represents half a 2.25 percent increase in state retirement plan contributions that teachers began paying last July 1.

District officials say Ames’ ruling could save 135 teaching positions.

The decision was part of a larger arbitration case in the district with almost 310,000 students has about 18,000 teachers.

The nation’s fifth-largest school district is seeking $29 million more in teacher concessions to cut a projected budget deficit.

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Information from: Las Vegas Sun, http://www.lasvegassun.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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