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>> COMPLETE ‘BACK TO SCHOOL’ COVERAGE <<

AUSTIN (AP) - Summer vacation is over for millions of children in Texas.

Classes resume Monday at public schools as districts deal with tighter budgets.

The 2011 Texas Legislature, facing a $27 billion budget shortfall, cut $4 billion over the next two years in funding for school districts.

The Houston Independent School District, the state’s largest with about 204,000 students, saved money by eliminating 400 positions out of a teaching staff of about 13,000.

The Texas Education Agency says the state has more than 1,200 districts, with about 4.8 million students enrolled last school year.

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