K-12 Education Took Biggest Cuts
The next cuts come from the same places, only deeper – it’s where the money is:
- Negotiated compensation reductions (furloughs, across the board salary cuts, etc)
- Reduction in Staff – each elementary district has taken action to serve layoff notices to teachers. Hart has noticed counselors and psychologists.
- Increased Class Size
- Shorter school year
- Lost Programs (i.e. music, library, physical education, after school enrichment, summer school)
- Transportation Cuts
The Governor’s budget assumes that the temporary taxes are extended by the voters for five more years. The budget also proposes that additional reductions be made in the event that the tax extensions are not approved. This leaves schools in a position of needing at least two plans:
- Option 1 – flat funding – continues the funding level contained in the enacted budget for 2010-11 into 2011-12
- Option 2 – a $2 billion reduction in funding – results in a loss of about $330 per ADA for the average district.
Districts are planning for both eventualities until the fate of the tax extensions is determined.
Additionally, economic changes between now and enactment of the 2011-12 budget could also cause a revision, up or down.