Proposed budget cuts take a big chunk out of education

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

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Posted on December 16, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 16 at 8:42 AM

SEATTLE -- The reality of Washington Governor Chris Gregoire's proposed budget cuts is settling in, and it has some people very upset. Specifically, education is facing major reductions that would change the way students learn.

If the proposed cuts happen, funds that keep smaller class sizes will go away. That saves the state $216 million, but it concerns some educators because research shows larger class sizes can effect student achievement.

Also proposed is eliminating the gifted student program which will save more than $18 million for the state.

There are nearly $345 million in cuts to state support for higher education. The state would try and remedy that with major tuition increases.

This morning the Washington Education Association issued the following statement:

"With these education cuts, we will be unable to provide the well-rounded education our students deserve - and our state needs - for a successful future. The kids in school today won't get a second chance at a good education. They can't wait for the recession to end."

If proposed budget cuts happen, expect larger class sizes and fewer teachers. A teacher's says it is a proposal that will deeply impact education.

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