State education budget hits neediest school districts the hardest

July 10, 2011 – The deep education cuts in the final state budget mean tough measures for school districts across the state but are devastating to poor school districts, many education leaders say.

Though the budget passed June 30 cut $900 million for 2011-2012 instead of the $1 billion proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett, it represents a dramatic drop and hits financially pressed districts hardest because they were most dependent on state funds.

Many of those districts had to reduce staff significantly either through attrition, furloughs or a combination and most lost their after-school and summer tutoring programs aimed at improving student achievement and scores on the mandated Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exams.

For students, it will mean larger class sizes, fewer program options and in some cases, fees for participating in sports and activities.

Read the entire Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article.

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