District Budgets

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Federal Districts Feel the Pain From Standoff Over COVID-19 Aid
More layoffs and damaging cuts loom as districts move deeper into the school year with their budgets depleting and Congress stalemated over emergency relief.
Daarel Burnette II, September 28, 2020
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Fans and teammates stand during the national anthem at a basketball game at Palmyra-Eagle High School in Palmyra, Wis., Jan. 16.
Fans and teammates stand during the national anthem at a basketball game at Palmyra-Eagle High School in Palmyra, Wis., Jan. 16.
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School & District Management A School District in Fiscal Free-Fall Scrambles to Avoid Crash Landing
Emotions remain raw as educators and residents in a rural Wisconsin district dig for solutions after being denied the option of dissolving.
Daarel Burnette II, January 31, 2020
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Education Some Districts Punt Thorny Budget Decisions Back to Parents, Students
Tulsa, Okla., and Dallas have taken steps to engage community members, including students in some cases, in making crucial budget decisions. The strategy, experts say, builds community trust and buy-in.
Daarel Burnette II, October 14, 2019
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Federal How Another Recession Could Test K-12's Resilience
It took years to recover from the last big economic downturn. What’s changed since then—and what can schools expect if and when tough times come again?
Andrew Ujifusa, August 23, 2019
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Education Funding News in Brief State Budget Woes Force Pa. Districts to Borrow Aid
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, in a statement, said some districts, and intermediate units that oversee them, borrowed more than $340 million.
Tribune News Service, October 6, 2015
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Gov. Tom Wolf and the legislature are locked in a fight over the state budget that has school systems scrambling over funding.
Gov. Tom Wolf and the legislature are locked in a fight over the state budget that has school systems scrambling over funding.
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Education Funding Pa. Budget Stalemate Squeezes Districts as Schools Open
The faceoff between the legislature and governor has caused some school systems to turn to loans and reserves in the absence of state money.
The Associated Press, September 8, 2015
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Budget & Finance Philadelphia School Reform Commission Declines to Vote on District's Budget
The School Reform Commission decided not to pass the school budget, an action that violates the City Charter.
Denisa R. Superville, May 30, 2014
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Budget & Finance Philadelphia Council Moves to Help School District With Budget Crisis
The Philadelphia City Council introduced legislation to extend to city's sales tax, which will raise $120 million in the first year for the school district.
Denisa R. Superville, May 15, 2014
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Education Funding News in Brief Sequestration Prompts Districts to Cut Budgets
Funding cuts may not be as bad as U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan predicted, but sequestration is still hitting classrooms as districts begin the 2013-14 school year.
Michele McNeil, August 20, 2013
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Education Funding District IT Leaders Cite Budget Challenges
A recent survey of district technology leaders found that budget constraints and lack of resources were the top challenges faced as they look to integrate technology into schools.
June 11, 2013
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Sixth graders at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Waverly, Iowa, plead their case after their hopes of a visit to the White House were dashed. Tours of the White House were suspended in the wake of across-the-board federal spending cuts known as sequestration. States and school districts face fiscal uncertainty as Congress and the Obama administration continue sparring.
Sixth graders at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Waverly, Iowa, plead their case after their hopes of a visit to the White House were dashed. Tours of the White House were suspended in the wake of across-the-board federal spending cuts known as sequestration. States and school districts face fiscal uncertainty as Congress and the Obama administration continue sparring.
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School & District Management 'Sequester' Adds to Districts' Budget Uncertainties
Even as they seek to quantify the impact of across-the-board federal budget cuts, some of the nation's neediest school districts brace for tough choices.
Alyson Klein, March 12, 2013
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Budget & Finance Consulting Group Praises 'Value-Based Approach' in District Budgeting
The Boston Consulting Group, which has worked with districts and states around the country, suggests that cash-strapped school systems need to make cuts with an eye towards getting the most out of budget dollars.
Christina A. Samuels, July 27, 2012
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Education Funding News in Brief Detroit School District Reports Budget Surplus
After three years and two financial overseers, the Detroit school district achieved its first budget surplus in four years.
The Associated Press, December 13, 2011
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Education School Districts Fear Slashed Budgets After Supercommittee Fails
Education advocates and local school officials are nervously eyeing a series of draconian cuts set to hit just about every federal program next year, now that a bipartisan panel tasked with making recommendations for trimming the nation's deficit has failed to reach agreement
Alyson Klein, November 22, 2011
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