Financial Crisis

The latest news about the effect of the financial crisis on education, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

Students move through the halls of Meadows Elementary School in Fort Hood, Texas, in February. Meadows is one of nine public schools on Fort Hood operated by Killeen Independent School District, which stands to lose at least $2.6 million before the end of the year if across-the-board federal spending cuts take effect.
—Todd Martin/Killeen Independent School District/AP-File

'Sequester' Impact Proves Tough to Track

School districts are feeling varied levels of pain from across-the-board federal budget cuts that even seasoned number-crunchers find hard to illustrate and quantify. (August 2, 2013)

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Education's New Economic Reality
In this 2011 chat, experts discussed the impact of the ‘Great Recession’ on schools.

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Quality Counts 2011
This report examined both the lingering concerns the about the economic recovery, and opportunities for innovation despite depleted budgets.

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March 8, 2016 - Education Week
To slow skyrocketing higher education debt, colleges and universities must have "skin" in the student-loan game, writes Donald M. Feuerstein.
January 19, 2016 - Education Week
After miscalculating expected revenues, lawmakers in a number of mineral-dependent states are preparing to debate alternative sources of funding for state school aid.
January 12, 2016 - Education Week
December 8, 2015 - Education Week
Amid some growing pains for its new full-day prekindergarten program, the city has ramped up outreach efforts and more than tripled the number of seats from two years ago.
September 29, 2015 - Education Week
Massive changes to the profession, coupled with budget woes, appear to be shaking the image of teaching as a stable, engaging career, with data showing that enrollments in university teacher-preparation programs have been declining.
October 21, 2014 - Education Week
Most states are feeling a modest funding lift, experts on education finance say, but revenue streams remain unstable.
August 26, 2014 - Education Week
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's recent $120 million gift to San Francisco Bay Area public schools is no panacea—just ask Newark, writes Frederick M. Hess.
July 16, 2014 - Education Week
Inconsistent state funding, charter school costs, debt payments, and education cuts all play a role in the school system's recurring fiscal crises.
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
More than $50 billion in aid to recession-strapped states helped shape how they used and collected education data, though some struggled to comply with the strings attached.
May 6, 2014 - Education Week

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