We have heard time and time again that states are continuing to lose money due to the sequestration, and in a report done by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, researchers say the 2007-2009 recession is another contributing factor to spending cuts. The report shows after reviewing countless state budget documents:
- At least 34 states are provided less funding per student for the 2013-2014 school year than before the recession;
- At least 15 states are providing less funding per student to local school districts than a year ago; and
- Funding has increased but not enough to make up for cuts in the past years.
This calls for an even greater push for proper school funding!
Local school districts are being hit the hardest; they are stuck with either cutting back their educational services, raising local tax revenue, or both. They continue to lose their ability to replace lost state aid on their own and cuts are continuing to slow down the economic recovery from the recession.
Continued cuts threaten the ability of schools and districts to provide special education services and supports for the nation’s six million students with disabilities. Federal special education funding has dropped from $13.5 billion to $12 billion, that’s a decrease of 11%! And other federal programs, such as Title I funding, which supports K-12 education in school districts with high proportions of low-income families, has dropped from $17 billion to $15 billion between 2010 and 2013.
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