Fair and Just School Resources

New School Year Brings Steep Cuts In State Funding For Schools

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2011-10-07

Schools are receiving less state funding than last year in at least 37 states, and in at least 30 states school funding now stands below 2008 levels -- often far below. These cuts are attributable to the failure of the federal government to extend emergency fiscal aid to states and school districts and the failure of most states to enact needed revenue increases and instead to balance their budgets solely through spending cuts.

Starving America's Public Schools: How Budget Cuts and Policy Mandates are Hurting our Nation's Students

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2011-10-13
Type: 
reports
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

This report looks at America's Pre-K-12 public schools -- from the perspective of what Americans are reading and hearing in their local newspapers and media broadcasts. Sifting through these on-the-ground accounts revealed that there is indeed a growing crisis in America's public schools that hinges on two factors: state austerity budgets that cut funds from services to students and families, and new policies redirecting tax dollars meant for public schools to charters. 

New Yorkers Rally Statewide Against School Cuts

Wall Street wasn’t the only target of protest last week in New York.

From Buffalo to Albany and Long Island, parents, teachers, and local residents rallied in their communities to protest the state’s $1.3 billion in school budget cuts and share stories about how are devastating this year’s budget is to children’s opportunity for a high-quality education.

Wall Street wasn’t the only target of protest last week in New York.

From Buffalo to Albany and Long Island, parents, teachers, and local residents rallied in their communities to protest the state’s $1.3 billion in school budget cuts and share stories about how are devastating this year’s budget is to children’s opportunity for a high-quality education.

State: 

Take action in fight against education budget cuts

Tina Dove, Director, OTL Campaign

In their statewide effort, “School Cuts Hurt: Week of Action,” the Alliance for Quality Education and Citizen Action of New York are calling on communities across the state to send Gov. Andrew Cuomo the unmistakable message that slashing education funding is already having a detrimental effect on children.

“Schools opened their doors with fewer teachers & staff as well as reduced (or eliminated) sports, tutoring, advanced placement courses and other important programs,” according to organizers.

In their statewide effort, “School Cuts Hurt: Week of Action,” the Alliance for Quality Education and Citizen Action of New York are calling on communities across the state to send Gov. Andrew Cuomo the unmistakable message that slashing education funding is already having a detrimental effect on children.

State: 

An Update on State Budget Cuts: At Least 46 States Have Imposed Cuts That Hurt Vulnerable Residents and Cause Job Loss

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2011-02-09
Type: 
reports

A Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis shows that nearly half of all states have made "significant cuts" in public education, disproportionately affecting low-income communities and children of color.

A Big Apple for Educators: New York City’s Experiment with Schoolwide Performance Bonuses

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2011-07-01
Type: 
reports
Category: 
vouchers

This report analyzes the effectiveness of the Schoolwide Performance Bonuses Program, which is an effort to improve student performance through school-based financial incentives. The three-year study, which found that the program did little to improve student achievement, examined student test scores; teacher, school staff, and administrator surveys; and interviews with administrators, staff members, program sponsors, and union and district officials.

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