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Oregon parents ask school board: ‘Please tax me’

Parents in Beaverton, Ore. are asking the school board to tax them more, the Huffington Post reports. One year after Beaverton voters rejected a local option levy that would have raised $14 million for schools, 344 school positions have been axed amid a large budget deficit and class sizes have ballooned. As a result, some classes number around 50 students, preventing teachers from offering one-on-one assistance. Teachers have been reshuffled to fill vacancies, often teaching subjects they have little or no experience in. “We’re experiencing our own hurricane,” parent Beth Estock told the Oregonian. Students are also concerned that they may not pass the International Baccalaureate exams after losing IB-trained teachers to transfers. Eighth grader Veronika Nagy tells the Oregonian that her math education is so hindered by a large class that her mom hired a math tutor — a laid off Beaverton teacher…

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