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Polk school board cuts middle school classes

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The Polk County school board voted Tuesday to cut one class period a day from middle schools, and leave high school schedules intact.

Cutting from seven class periods a day to six in middle and high schools would have saved the financially-strapped district $7 million per year. It would have helped them balance their budget.

But parents voiced disapproval, worried that the cuts would make it harder for students to graduate.

The district says it still has to find millions of dollars, and may not be able to hire as many new teachers. They also say layoffs are possible.

A lot of that depends on what happens in the Florida Legislature.

The graduation rate in Polk County is around 60 percent.

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