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A light at the end of the tunnel? Portland schools get a bigger budget

A light at the end of the tunnel? Portland schools get a bigger budget
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Public Schools will have a bigger budget next year that will add teachers and let high school students take a full course load.

The school board voted unanimously on a $487 million budget.

The district will add 65 staff members next year, although one in three schools will have to lose a staff member because of federal budget cuts and expiring grants.

The budget will also allow schools to accept backstop money from the city while the legal issues surrounding the arts tax get worked out.