Block School Scheduling Falls to Budget Axe

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Only a few high schools in Las Vegas will offer
block scheduling in the fall as most are dropping the plan to help
save the district $11 million each year.

The school board and Clark County School District Superintendent
Walt Rulffes decided to cut the block scheduling to help the
district comply with state-ordered budget cuts of $120 million per
year.

Block schedules allow students to take more credits by holding
longer classes on alternating days. In typical cases, the schedule
lets kids take eight classes instead of six.

But the special scheduling also requires more teachers, and
schools are losing the extra position.

The district tells schools they can keep the block schedules if
they can make them cost the same as normal schedules.


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