Look for the Center’s latest report Cutting to the bone: How the economic crisis affects schools here after 1pm this afternoon. See how the great recession is impacting schools across the country. What decisions are they making to balance their shrinking budgets? How will such decisions impact their students? How will they impact our country’s
This week, the U.S. Senate passed the Jobs Bill, which contains $10 billion retain teachers. How many jobs these funds may help save isn’t known, but for many districts any funds will help. Yet, there are those out there arguing that such funding will not really help districts, just postpone the pain for another year.
Budget cuts leave tall grass, weeds. This headline from USA Today caught my eye a couple of weeks ago. Ive been getting quite annoyed seeing the tall grass surrounding the roads I drive every day. Not only are they an eyesore, they are making it more dangerous to make turns. And I really wasnt happy
It sure is grim out there for our public schools. School boards across the country have been making very tough decisions as they adopt budgets for the 2010-11 school year. With federal stimulus funds running out– which likely saved hundreds of thousands of jobs– and the further decline of state and local revenues, our public
For centuries, farmers routinely set aside a portion of their harvest to use as seed for the next year’s crop. Even when winters were the harshest and their families were hungry, they protected their seed corn and potatoes knowing their future depended on it. I think of those farmers when I hear from school board members about budget choices they’re being forced to make, like these: do we cut our pre-k enrollments or