Many of Arkansas’ distance-learning teachers have been advised their contracts were not automatically renewed for the coming school year because of uncertainty about budget cuts, reports the Arkansas News Bureau. Administrators of the centers say they believe the cuts won’t prevent them from rehiring the teachers in the near future, though they worry that in the meantime some might look for work elsewhere. The centers, whose teachers use communications technology to instruct students without being physically present in the classroom, are funded through grants from the state Education Department. The department expects its budget for distance-learning grants to be cut...

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