PORTLAND -- Some Portland high school teachers had too many students and are entitled to back pay and adjustments in student load, according to an arbitrator's ruling.
The arbitrator said teachers should not have more than 180 students a semester. At Wilson High, 49-percent of teachers had students that exceeded the limit. Lincoln and Franklin also well exceeded the limit.
Teachers who taught more hours than they were paid get a week's pay back and or a schedule adjustment.
To solve the problem, students now may not take more than seven credit classes a semester. When a teacher's load reaches 166 students, a mitigation process begins.
Superintendent Carole Smith just announced a proposed budget that calls for 110 teacher layoffs to help meet a $27.5 million shortfall.