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Ill. school plans to cut a fifth of its teachers

NEOGA, Ill. — Financial difficulties are leading one small eastern Illinois school district to consider firing about a fifth of its teachers.

School board members in Neoga have proposed cutting about a dozen of the district's roughly 55 teachers for next school year. Administrators say the move would save $450,000 in the school district, which is 60 miles south of Champaign.

The Mattoon Journal-Gazette reports the district is preparing for the possibility of future state-funding cuts. Board members also worry the school district might have to pay teacher pensions as state lawmakers look for ways to cover billions of dollars in unfunded pension obligations.

School board Vice President Tina Moore says cuts would mean larger class sizes in Neoga.

School athletic and academic teams would also cut their budgets by 10 percent.

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