Some Anchorage teachers wait to see if they will get pink slips

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Friday morning, first year math teacher Marah Hild-Ladebauche spent the eighth grade lunch period in her classroom with students correcting their most recent test.

"What two numbers multiple to get a 40 and add up to negative two?" Hild-Ladebauche asked a student, who was slumped over his desk as he ran his fingers through his hair, which was styled in a large pompadour.

Hild-Ladebauche is one of several first year teachers worried about getting a pink slip next week.

If the state Legislature doesn't decrease, or increase, per-pupil state funding, the $563.6 million general fund budget for the 2017-18 school year results in the net loss of about 123 "full-time equivalent" positions, including 99 teachers.

The beginning deficit was a little over $15 million. The district added $4 million from savings, cut 123 positions, and now things are even, unless something changes in Juneau.

This was the last full week of school, until the summer break, and many teachers are starting to get nervous about possibly getting a pink slip, next week.

"I'm just keeping my fingers crossed at this point," Hild-Ladebauche said.

Schools have already felt cuts from the state budget deficit.

At Mears Middle School alone, the school has already cut a secretary, an electives teacher as well as a security position.

"There's a lot of people, who their lives are in the balance right now, just trying to see what's going to happen next," Principal Michael Perkins said.

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