This information came from an email from a fellow board person fromTexas, but i thought it was good information worth passing on:
As it is in every state in the nation, Texas is facing a serious budget deficit that is threatening to reduce funds to worthwhile programs, including education. I’ve done some research to see how the dwindling economy is affecting public education in other parts of the country. What I’ve found is that states are either considering draconian actions against public education funding, like eliminating the 12th grade in Utah, or eliminating programs altogether like no summer school in Kansas City. I’ve assembled the following information from news sites, and if you could take a moment to review your state’s data and offer a comment or more specific information, I’d really appreciate it. If your state is not on this list and budget cuts will be forthcoming, please include some information. Thanks.
Arizona – Eliminated preschool for 4,328 children, funding for schools to provide additional support to disadvantaged children from preschool to third grade, aid to charter schools, and funding for books, computers, and other classroom supplies. Recently increased their state sales tax to help fill deep budget holes.
California – Reduced K-12 aid to local school districts by billions of dollars and is cutting a variety of programs, including adult literacy instruction and help for high-needs students.
Georgia – Cut $112 million from assistance aimed at closing the gap in funding between wealthier and poorer school districts. It also made a $332 million mid-year cut to state education aid.
Hawaii – Shortened the current school year by 17 days instituting a 4-day work week and is furloughing teachers for those days.
Illinois – Reduced funding for early childhood education by 10 percent, which could cause as many as 10,000 children to lose eligibility.
Maryland – Cut professional development for principals and educators, as well as health clinics, gifted and talented summer centers, and math and science initiatives.
Michigan – Cut its FY 2010 school aid budget by $382 million, resulting in a $165 per-pupil spending reduction.
Mississippi – Cut its FY 2010 funding for K-12 education by 9.5 percent, mostly out of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program established to bring per-pupil spending up to adequate levels in every district.
Massachusetts – Cut Head Start, universal pre-kindergarten programs, and early intervention services to help special-needs children develop appropriately and be ready for school. The state also cut K-12 funding, including for mentoring, teacher training, reimbursements for special education residential schools, services for disabled students, and programs for gifted and talented students.
New Jersey – Cut funding for afterschool programs aimed to enhance student achievement and keep students safe between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m. The cut will likely cause more than 11,000 students to lose access to the programs and 1,100 staff workers to lose their jobs.
Rhode Island – Cut state aid for K-12 education and reduced the number of children who can be served by Head Start and similar services.
Virginia – Cut $700 million for the coming biennium, including the state’s share of an array of school district operating and capital expenses and funding for class-size reduction in kindergarten through third grade. In addition, a $500 million reduction in state funding for some 13,000 support staff such as janitors, school nurses, and school psychologists from last year’s budget was made permanent.
State education grants to school districts and education programs have also been cut in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, and Washington.