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Minneapolis Public Schools faces a $115 million budget gap. Here's what to know about possible cuts

The equivalent of as many as 200 full-time jobs - both in the classroom and at district headquarters - and several programs could be cut as Minneapolis Public Schools leaders look to close a historic $115 million gap in next year's budget.

That projected shortfall is largely due to the sunsetting of $250 million in one-time pandemic relief funds and rising operating costs in a district that has continued to lose students in recent years. Despite falling enrollment numbers, the district has not made proportionate changes to its operations over the last decade. It has the building capacity to serve about 45,000 students but now enrolls about 28,500.

District leaders have announced some of the cuts likely coming to schools and departments next year, triggering a fierce wave of opposition from parents, teachers and students.


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