When the first day of school rolls around in August, Webster math teacher Lori Wagner won't be heading back to the classroom.

Instead, she'll be heading to her basement.

Wagner is one of nine new teachers hired by the Center for Statewide E-learning at Northern State University with a $1 million budget increase. The money is courtesy of the Blue Ribbon Task Force and, more specifically, a half-cent sales tax increase passed during the legislative session. The bulk of the new money is to increase K-12 teacher pay at public schools, but the distance learning center is also a beneficiary, able to increase...

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