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In this undated photo, Carrie Thomas, right, an English language learner teacher, works with third-grade students Ridwan Dahir, from left, Rebecca Holstrom and Stephanie Lopez during math period in Courtney Hauge's room at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar. The state sent school superintendents a notice Tuesday saying it will delay aid payments to more than two-thirds of districts in March and April. Districts across the region are affected by the decision. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

State will delay aid payments to two-thirds of school districts

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials turn to schools as the state's bank this spring.

The state will run out of money in March and April, and the Pawlenty administration says it needs to borrow $423 million from schools to pay the state's bills. The state sent school superintendents a notice Tuesday saying it will delay aid payments to 231 of 341 districts in March and April.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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