Pa. schools feel pain of dire budget cuts

In a recent PBS NewsHour segment, education blogger John Merrow gives us a stark illustration of how budget cuts are having dire effects on schools by taking a closer look at Mifflin County, Pa. Because of budget cuts there, Superintendent James Estey had to close five of the county’s 13 schools, fire teachers, increase class sizes, and cut Advanced Placement course offerings. As bad as that sounds, Estey says matters are likely to only get worse next year, when he expects to have to do “the same with less or more with less.”

 

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