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Strained Schools Face Bleak Future: Districts Foresee Budget Cuts, Teacher Layoffs, and a Slowing of Education Reform Efforts

Author(s): Nancy Kober, Diane Stark Rentner
Published: June 29, 2011

Drawing on information gathered through a survey of a nationally representative sample of over 450 school districts, this report describes the fiscal condition of school districts for school year 2010-11 and the anticipated condition for school year 2011-12.  The report examines the extent to which federal stimulus and Education Jobs funds made up for district funding shortfalls, and the types of cuts being made to balance district budgets.  In order to compensate for lost funding, districts are cutting staff – including teachers – and services and are slowing the progress on education reform.

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