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Silver lining seen in Arizona budget trouble

Some say innovation could be a possible silver lining for Arizona schools as they brace for possible new state budget cuts.

The superintendent of Arizona’s largest school district says the likelihood of more state funding cuts comes at a time when his district is losing enrollment and higher expenses for retirement system contributions.

Mesa Unified School District Superintendent Michael Cowan says his 65,000-student district is looking into new approaches to education that could both save money and improve student achievement.

Republican Rep. Rich Crandall says he anticipates districts mixing online learning with more traditional school settings.

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