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Published January 23, 2013, 10:05 AM

Minnesota budget cuts could lead to cuts in Detroit Lakes

St. Paul, MN (WDAY TV) - As Minnesota lawmakers hash out the budget, after-school programming in Detroit Lakes could be at risk.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

St. Paul, MN (WDAY TV) - As Minnesota lawmakers hash out the budget, after-school programming in Detroit Lakes could be at risk.

The district offers evening classes to students in the region who are close to graduating, and need to catch up on credits. It also provides classes to elementary students having a hard time developing key skills.

The superintendent says a task force of Minnesota lawmakers is looking into cutting that funding. That means the district would lose $600,000.

Superintendent Doug Froke – Detroit Lakes Public Schools: “If you don't have extended time opportunities, your dropout rate will increase. And that's what we're concerned about. This is just another vehicle to keep students on the path to high school graduation."

The district may not know until May if lawmakers will cut that funding. It would then be forced to scramble to find funds, or look at cutting programs.

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