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The governor signed into law Friday the centerpiece of a major education reform plan that shifts money from salaries to fund new technology and teacher merit pay.

The final piece of the plan authored by schools chief Tom Luna also bumps up the minimum salary of teachers from $29,655 to $30,000 a year. Read "Ed tech vs. larger class sizes: Worth the trade-off?"

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter hailed Republican

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