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Faltering Economies Cut Education Funds

November 26, 2001

Having capitalized on a swelling economy to initiate new programs aimed at improving student performance, schools across the country have begun cutting back on those programs as resources available to education dwindle due to faltering local economies.

  • The Education Commission of the States -- a nonpartisan research organization -- has identified education cuts of more than $3 billion in at least 15 states.
  • To stretch resources, states from New York to California are undertaking such measures as increasing class sizes, trimming bonuses for teachers, putting off purchases of computers, postponing monetary rewards for high test scores and scaling back after-school classes.
  • Administrators in New York, for example, have pared Saturday sessions for struggling students, extra training for thousands of new teachers and art classes.
  • California's Gov. Gray Davis (D) delayed support for poorly performing schools, cut assistance for novice teachers and reduced after-school programs.

In Washington, House and Senate leaders have been deadlocked for months over how much to spend on elementary and secondary schools in the next year.

Source: Jacques Steinberg, "Economy Puts Schools in Tough Position," New York Times, November 26, 2001.


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