States Eye Solutions as Budget Ax Hits Schools
Funding for public schools continues to come under the ax in states hit hard by the financial crisis, forcing lawmakers and education officials to look for alternative sources of revenue to make up for some of the funds lost.
As Idaho schools braced for deep cuts this week, Kansas officials were hard at work to stave off reductions in education spending in the state, while Alabama lawmakers brainstormed over a gambling tax to fund public education.
In Idaho, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has asked state agencies to prioritize programs to be trimmed in fiscal year 2010 in anticipation of possible cuts of as much as 6 percent. For the state’s public schools that could mean...
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