This month, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) released surveys focused on the impact the economy and sequestration is having on K-12 education spending.
For educators, many of the findings will not come as a surprise. According to AASA, school districts are preparing for and implementing significant cuts in key areas such as:
- Decreasing professional development (reported by 59% of respondents),
- Personnel layoffs (reported by 53% of respondents),
- Increasing class size (reported by 48% of respondents), and
- Deferring technology purchases (reported by 46% respondents).
Additionally, AASA reports that virtually no state or school district will be able to soften sequestration’s 5% cut. Sequestration is the federally mandated cut to all education programs that took effect earlier this year. (Read more here).
While state K-12 education budgets are continuing to reel from the poor economy, NCSL is reporting, that for FY 2014, total state spending on K-12 education is budgeted to grow 2.5% with growth in 45 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Here are some state highlights:
- North Dakota had the largest increase in total K-12 education funding (33%) because of action by the state’s legislature to provide property tax relief;
- California, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Wyoming reported drops in K-12 education funding.
As we begin the school year, CEC expects the impact of the cuts will become clearer. What’s going on in your state/school district? Share your experiences on how sequestration is affecting you by commenting below or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!