- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit’s public school district says technical difficulties led to the failure to apply for an estimated $4 million Head Start grant.

The financially troubled district said Tuesday that the lack of the grant for services to low-income preschoolers won’t affect programs in the district. The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News report the money will come from other funding sources.

District spokeswoman Michelle Zdrodowski says the application problem stemmed from “technical difficulties with uploading the information” before a deadline. When faced with the loss, she says the district focused on finding a solution to the funding gap.

Keith Johnson, president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers union, says the district “cannot afford to lose any funding we receive.”

The money supported about 900 students in 56 classrooms in 2013-14.

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