States Seek to Boost K-12 Aid as Revenue Recovers
Gradual funding rise seen, though past cuts still sting
Buoyed by gradual increases in tax revenues, many states are looking to devote more money to schools in the coming year, after having held the line or made significant reductions during the Great Recession and its aftermath.
Yet even accounting for those proposed increases in spending, budget analysts and local officials predict that states and districts will be coping for years to come with the effects of deep cuts they've made to K-12 personnel, programs, and services.
The proposed bumps in education spending, which have been offered by Democratic and Republican governors alike, vary in size, though in many cases they are relatively modest. In fact, in some states, skeptics have argued that the increases amount to less than they seem, make too much of the new funding conditional, or will do too little to help districts that have suffered...
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