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States Eye Decreasing School Funding

March 18, 2003

More than one-third of the states are moving to cut millions -- and in some cases, billions -- of dollars from public school budgets just as President Bush's "No Child Left Behind Act" is being implemented.

  • New York's governor has proposed to cancel state-funded pre-kindergarten -- which serves 43,000 children in New York City alone.
  • In Ohio, Cleveland officials have canceled summer school despite worries about the fate of failing students.
  • In Portland, Ore., officials have proposed raising the student-teacher ratio next year from 30-to-1 to 42-to-1.
  • A Dallas suburb has canceled training programs designed to certify teachers as "highly qualified."

The No Child Left Behind Act increased federal education funding by more than 40 percent -- but not enough to avert cuts in many states. Federal dollars account for less than 10 percent of K-12 spending nationally.

Source: Dale Russakoff and Linda Pearlstein, "States Cutting School Funding," Washington Post, March 15, 2003.


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