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Cash-Strapped San Jose School District Shuffling Students, Cutting Teachers

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SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) — Lower enrollment is forcing a 23-campus San Jose school district to eliminate 18 teaching positions.

Seven weeks into the school year, San Jose’s Alum Rock Union School District said it’s also moving some students to different classrooms and schools and it’s creating 25 combination classes.

The district, which relies heavily on state funding, has 23 elementary schools.

The San Jose Mercury News said the student population was down 211 students from projections.

Superintendent Stephen Fiss said eliminating the teachers and making the other changes would save $1.2 million.

The district was notifying parents of changes this week, and all the targeted students and teachers would be moved by Oct. 15.

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