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Bemidji School District, which serves an area of 825 square miles, transports students to and from not only the high school, middle school and its six elementary schools, but also all nonpublic schools and charter schools in the Bemidji area. Bemidji School District officials said rural school districts like Bemidji get shortchanged by the state due to an inadequate state funding formula. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Driving in the red: Bemidji School District calls Transportation funding formula 'unfair'

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Two months ago, a Minnesota 2020 education fellow named John Fitzgerald contacted Bemidji School District's business manager Chris Leinen. He wanted to know more about money, specifically transportation costs.

"I said to him, 'Here's the dirty little secret,'" Leinen said.

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