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One-third of school districts plan to ask voters for operating levies

That's the most in 10 years. The AP says districts are becoming more dependent on local taxpayers as inflation outpaces state funding.
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That's the most in 10 years. The AP says districts are becoming more dependent on local taxpayers as inflation outpaces state funding.

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