School Officials Expecting Cuts Due to Downturn in Economy
School budgets have seemed to defy gravity in recent years — going up steadily without ever coming down. But school board members from across the country say that's likely to change soon, and they're bracing for leaner times forced by the nation's economic downturn.
Board members in Washington last week for an annual conference said shortfalls in state budgets coupled with pessimistic predictions about local revenues are forcing them to look for ways to trim next year's budgets, which they are working on now.
About half of the states are facing projected budget shortfalls, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities,...
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