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More state aid and higher enrollment help Duluth schools

Duluth school officials face a rare and pleasant task: spending an extra million bucks.

Additional state aid of $50 per student, along with a projected higher enrollment that would bring more per-student state aid, means there’s extra money for teachers.

The district had set a budget before the final state funding numbers were set; expecting a turn-down, it had laid off or reduced the hours of 50 teachers, says the Duluth News Tribune.

Now Superintendent I.V. Foster has plans to spend nearly $600,000 by adding teacher time.

And if actual enrollment turns out to be as high as they predict, they’ll have another $400,000 for more teachers in the classrooms, the story says. Some board members, though, wish they would spend that money right now, rather than wait for the final numbers.

Officials hope the added teachers will help close the achievement gap and improve graduation rates.

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