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ERIC Number: EJ775813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep-19
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
States' Fiscal Woes Raise Anxiety Level on School Budgets
Zehr, Mary Ann
Education Week, v27 n4 p1, 17 Sep 2007
A long-projected revenue chill is beginning to bite in a number of states, putting pressure on education policymakers to defend existing programs--and, in some cases, forcing them to prepare for the worst if budget cuts become a reality. The causes vary, from slack property-tax receipts in Florida to a chronically sluggish economy in Michigan. But the result is the same: financial uncertainty as school districts head into the 2007-2008 school year and begin planning in earnest for the next budget cycle. Complicating that picture is worry on the part of some economists--reinforced by the continued national housing slump and a gloomy September 7 jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor--that the worst is yet to come. As such, some school districts are already preparing for a couple of lean years. According to Jim Warford, the executive director of the Florida Association of School Administrators, some districts are already cutting discretionary spending.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Michigan