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March 1, 2019
Denver central office cuts will involve ‘real elimination of services,’ Cordova says
One big change involves the supervisory structure for principals.
February 22, 2017
Aurora school board balks at budget-cutting plan that would likely increase class sizes
At a school board meeting Tuesday night, board members asked the superintendent to look elsewhere for cuts instead of increasing student to staff ratios.
February 21, 2017
Full-day kindergarten among possible budget cuts in Aurora
Aurora Public Schools must cut about $31 million from their budget for the 2017-18 school year and one of the many options is cutting kindergarten to half day.
February 8, 2017
Gifted and talented center at Wheat Ridge High School on chopping block as part of Jeffco budget cuts
Cutting off district funding to a popular gifted and talented program at Wheat Ridge High School is one of the contentious steps Jeffco Public Schools has proposed to cope with its budget crisis.
January 31, 2017
Trump has threatened to cut federal funding to New York City. Here are the education programs that could take a hit.
"The city relies on federal funding to support students with disabilities, students who are homeless, and students from low-income backgrounds."
May 10, 2016
Budget uncertainty looms as Shelby County school board enters final review
After a month of wrangling over a $941 million spending plan, the board heads into the homestretch with more questions than answers shared in public forums.
June 18, 2015
Layoffs impact more than 500 Shelby County educators
Two months after approving $125 million in budget cuts for Shelby County Schools, district leaders announce the layoffs of 520 employees, mostly teachers.
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May 28, 2015
Fariña, grilled about summer program cuts, hints that a solution is on the way
In the middle of Fariña’s testimony, several council members left to join a rally outside City Hall organized by a coalition of organizations affected by the cuts.
April 21, 2015
$974 million budget approved for cash-strapped Shelby County Schools
The Board of Education for Shelby County Schools approves a $974 million budget that will slash $125 million in spending while increasing teacher pay and bolstering school reform efforts.
April 8, 2015
Shelby County expands education reform efforts amid $125 million shortfall
While Shelby County Schools are cutting staff and services under a $125 budget shortfall, the district is expanding and investing in its Innovation Zone.
January 13, 2014
Rise & Shine: Few Colo. districts have acted on epi-pen law
March 6, 2013
Advocates gear up for annual after-school budget cuts battle
If Mayor Bloomberg's budget proposal goes through, the city would offer only 35 percent as many after school spots next year as it did in 2008.
January 29, 2013
No across-the-board midyear budget cuts, but trimming begins
Schools won't have to cut their budgets this month, but they will have to start tightening their belts and won't be able to sock away any savings for next year. That's what Chancellor Dennis Walcott told principals in an email sent Monday evening, the first to name specific actions the Department of Education is taking to make up for $240 in state school aid sacrificed when the city and teachers union failed to agree on new teacher evaluations earlier this month. Mayor Bloomberg is set to offer details about his plans to close the midyear school budget gap at a press conference later today. But Walcott said the department would absorb enough of the cuts centrally that he would not have to impose cuts of a certain size on each school, as happened several times during the leanest years of the economic recession. Still, he announced several significant policy changes that could cost schools just the same. The department is doubling down on hiring restrictions, blocking schools from hiring substitute teachers, reducing aides' schedules, and seizing funds that principals had set aside in this year's budget for next year.
January 28, 2013
State aid cuts would cost city 2,500 teachers, Bloomberg says
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mark Page, his budget director, testified in Albany today about Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget, which would penalize the city again for not adopting new teacher evaluations. ALBANY — New York City would have to cut 2,500 teaching positions over the next two years under Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget plans, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told lawmakers this morning. Appearing at a hearing about Cuomo's budget proposal, Bloomberg focused on the school aid that would be withheld because the city and teachers union have not agreed on new teacher evaluations. The city already lost out on $240 million in state aid this year as a consequence of missing a Jan. 17 deadline that was written into law and could lose another $224 million next year if Cuomo goes through with his plan to tie school aid to evaluations again. The cost of that penalty would be severe, Bloomberg told the Assembly Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, forcing cuts to city schools' spending on personnel and programming. Bloomberg blamed the UFT, again, for the city's shortfall and also criticized the State Education Department, which is threatening to penalize the city further by withholding some resources for high-need students. But during a fierce exchange with Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, who chairs the education committee, the blame also landed briefly on Bloomberg himself. Nolan pointed out that Bloomberg had supported the law that paved the way for the union and the city to reach a deal on evaluations last February. She recited Bloomberg's comments at the time the law was passed (“This is a win-win-win for the kids and for the adults”). "Don't you feel some responsibility for this disaster?" she asked. "And it is a disaster."
January 10, 2013
Principals push back against midyear special ed cuts threat
Principals are pushing back against the Department of Education's plan to seize money from schools whose special education students narrowly miss a bureaucratic cutoff. Responding to the concerns, department officials said they would issue new guidance to principals that clarifies the department's commitment to funding special education programs adequately and helping schools keep their budgets stable. The confusion followed a change in the way the department allocates funds to schools this year as part of a reform effort aimed at helping students with disabilities. The change created tiers of funding levels: The more time special education students spend in classes mixed with general education students, the more money their schools get. Many principals are finding out for the first time this week, because of a deadline to clean up special education data, that students they thought would bring in a higher rate fall into a lower tier instead — and the department could take back the difference in funds. "The last-minute data capture has left us scrambling to account for potentially massive cuts to our budgets halfway through the school year," 20 principals wrote in a letter to Chancellor Dennis Walcott today. "And it is because of our strong commitment to flexible programming and the other cornerstones of the Special Education reform that our cuts will be so dramatic."
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