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SPS Instructional Assistants Likely Won't Be Cut

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SPOKANE, Wash. - A week after Spokane Public Schools said there would be no staff layoffs, 59 Instructional Assistants were put on the chopping block.     

The district held a board meeting Wednesday night to hear from the public about the possibility of cutting those jobs. The cuts would save the district $1 Million, which is important since the district is facing a $13 Million budget shortfall.

During that meeting, the district superintendent informed the board that members would have to find the cuts somewhere else, the IA's are too important.

Many of those Instructional Assistants breathed a sigh of relief, especially Lori Mejias She is an IA with the district, and also a mother of a special needs child who works closely with an IA of her own. Lori said she gets that it's tough economic times, "but the needs of our kids have not changed, just because the economy has."

Other IA's also spoke at Wednesday night's meeting. Theresa Cahalan said, "right now we have more special needs children, and laying off IA's is the wrong thing to do. Those kids need help."

The final budget needs to be presented and approved by August.

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