Month: August 2011

Again This Year, Schools Cut More Than the Rest of the State Budget

Though virtually every state leader claims to hold public education as a priority, schools have borne a disproportionate share of the budget cuts over the last four years.  For the current year, while the whole state budget grew by 0.03%, K-12 education was cut by 0.7%. Of 16 major funding categories (state agencies), six saw their …

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Is Education a Real Priority of the MS Legislature?

For the current school year (2011-2012), the MAEP is underfunded by $237-millionFour consecutive years of budget cuts have resulted in: oThe loss of over 3,000 education personneloIncreased class sizeoReduced elective optionsoReduced advanced placement offeringsoReduced gifted classesoReduced intervention programs for struggling studentso Reduced extracurricular activities Though virtually every state leader claims to hold public education as a …

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