We knew it was possibility that the school year could be extended due to extreme weather we had but now Detroit Public Schools have made it official: The school year is being extended anywhere from thee days to as many as 10. If your looking for something or someone to blame, you should probably blame the extreme winter weather and issues with power outages within the Detroit Public Lighting system.
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Most DPS schools will have to make up three or four days. Detroit Federation of Teachers President Keith Johnson said 75 percent attendance is normally required to qualify for state aid. It has been lowered to 60 percent for the extended year. However, even the lower threshold will be a problem.
Like many students, 7th-grader Teayahna Ferrel is worried about what her summer will look like and DPS could lose millions if not enough students show up for class.
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