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Thirty-three students fill a room that was built for 24 as the 10th and 11th grade students meet for environmental studies at Perham High School. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Perham-Dent School DIstrict: Millions in cuts, but few answers

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PERHAM, Minn. - When science teacher Shawn Stafki was a 10th-grader here three decades ago, there were 17 students in his biology class.

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The classroom in which he teaches is built for 24, the upper limit of what the state recommends for lab classes, and as recently as three years ago, when the school had the equivalent of one and a half more science teachers, his biggest class size was 26.

Today, 33 students cram into the room for his environmental studies class.

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