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ERIC Number: EJ936620
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul-13
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Education Takes Hit in Budgets
Cavanagh, Sean
Education Week, v30 n36 p1, 38 Jul 2011
After months of arduous negotiation and partisan squabbling, states across the country have produced budgets for the new fiscal year that in many cases will bring deep cuts to state spending, including money for schools. The budget blueprints adopted by numerous states were postscripts to divisive legislative sessions that saw newly elected Republican governors and lawmakers successfully push for big policy changes, including reductions in teachers' collective bargaining rights. Proponents argue that change will save districts money over time. Deliberations over state budgets also were marked by sharp ideological divides between GOP leaders and Democrats over taxes and the size of government. In some states, such as Texas, Wisconsin, and Ohio, lawmakers approved spending plans that will bring significant cuts to schools, local district officials say, while in a few others, like California and Iowa, K-12 education was shielded from reductions. More than 40 states entered this year's legislative sessions facing budget shortfalls. While state tax revenues climbed back somewhat from where they were in the depths of the recent recession, allowing some states to avoid deeper cuts than projected, many financial analysts say the money flow will not recover to pre-downturn levels for at least a few years.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; Minnesota; South Carolina; Texas; Wisconsin