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Education Cuts to Grow if Stimulus Funds Expire, Cont.

April 21, 2010

The New York Times reports that hundreds of thousands of teachers across the country could face layoffs in June, as state revenues remain weak and federal Recovery Act assistance will soon dry up. (The Washington Post has a similar story.)

Could State Budget Problems Derail Education Reform?

April 19, 2010

As Congress considers whether to extend the state fiscal assistance in last year’s Recovery Act, it should keep in mind that without those funds, states will have a very hard time continuing their initiatives to improve their schools.

Education is the single biggest item in state budgets. So when the recession triggered an unprecedented decline in state revenues, it’s not surprising that most states cut education spending to help close their shortfalls.

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