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SALEM -- The Oregon Legislature's chief budget writers are expected to release their proposed two-year spending plan on Monday. The proposal will be a blueprint that will drive budget discussions in the coming months.

The budget is likely to include at least $6.75 billion for schools. That's $1 billion more than the current two-year budget -- enough to reverse some of the budget cuts that have plagued schools with fewer teachers, larger classes and shortened school years.

But sending that much more money to the classroom would mean spending less on the teacher's retirement, and all eyes in Salem will be on how deep the budget chiefs propose cutting into pension benefits for public employees.

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