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Lower enrollment forces 18 teachers out

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Lower enrollment is forcing a 23-campus Northern California school district to eliminate 18 teaching position.

Seven weeks into the school year, San Jose's Alum Rock Union School District says it's also moving some students to different classrooms and schools and it's creating 25 combination classes.

The district, which relies heavily on state funding, has 23 elementary schools.

The San Jose Mercury News (bit.ly/VfL3Jm) says the student population is down 211 students from projections.

Superintendent Stephen Fiss says eliminating the teachers and making the other changes will save $1.2 million.

The district is notifying parents of changes this week, and all the targeted students and teachers will be moved by Oct. 15.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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