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The Tucson Unified School District is facing a $17 million deficit, and officials want to hear from the public about possible solutions to the budget at town hall meetings this week.

On top of reduced state funding the district is facing a drop in enrollment, says Cara Rene, spokeswoman for the district.

"At these meetings, parents and members of the community will hear about the school master plan, which focuses on academic achievement, equity and diversity, services and programs, facilities and finances. All of these play into the future of the district," Rene says.

The next two meeting this week will be Wednesday at Cholla High Magnet School, 2001 W. Starr Pass Blvd., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday at Catalina High Magnet School, 3645 E. Pima St., at 10 a.m.