Most States are Cutting Education Budgets

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is an excellent resource for information about the harsh realities of school budget cuts.  As they pointed out in 2009,

“Thirty-six states have cut education or proposed such cuts because they face massive, devastating budget deficits in this recession.

The combination of rising unemployment, declining consumer spending, declining asset values, and foreclosures has led to declining state revenues. And the number of people in poverty is growing, adding costs to state budgets for programs such as Medicaid and social services.

Education is by far the largest component of state budgets. Some 46 percent of all state general fund expenditures is devoted to elementary, secondary, and higher education.

Nearly all states are required to balance their general fund budgets. When large budget deficits develop, education often is cut deeply.

The following details cuts in education funding and programs that states have made as they enacted their fiscal year 2009 budgets, additional cuts as they faced mid-year deficits, and cuts that have been proposed for the upcoming fiscal year… At least 20 states have implemented cuts to K-12 education. At least six additional states are proposing such cuts.”  See the full report here, and click below to get an idea of what budget cuts have meant to schools over the last couple years.