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Published December 06, 2009, 08:05 AM

With bad budget news, schools try to save wherever possible

Red Lake Falls, Minn. (WDAZ TV) - The projected Minnesota budget deficit isn't just affecting businesses, but also schools. Reporter Christine Boggy tells us what this means for education in districts across the state.

By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ

Red Lake Falls, Minn. (WDAZ TV) - The projected Minnesota budget deficit isn't just affecting businesses, but also schools. Reporter Christine Boggy tells us what this means for education in districts across the state.

With the recent bad budget news for the state of Minnesota, schools in the state are saving wherever possible.

“As the state goes further in debt if they un-allot more to schools, the schools are going to have to economize even more.”

The state aid being held back from schools has been increased from ten percent to twenty-seven percent. With the recent news that Minnesota may face a 1.2 billion dollar deficit by 2011, that number could increase even more. The current seventeen percent increase is so high that it's forcing schools to take out loans just to get by.

“Because our district to go out and borrow 1.85 million dollars to get through the shortfall.”

Now one of the main concerns is that the quality of education for students will go down if this continues. Class sizes have gotten larger, teachers aren't being replaced after retirement and other cuts are being made.

“Text book purchases are being delayed, facility maintenance is being delayed.”

At this point it's a waiting game to determine exactly how much and for how long schools will be affected by the state's deficit.

“We'll be on a constant cycle for years here now of borrowing for the yearly process.”

The new budget report also shows that the state's deficit could balloon to 5.4 billion dollars in 2012 to 2013. State aid being held will be returned to schools next October.

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