State Budget Shortfalls: Examples of State Responses

Source: Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, StateNotes, February 2009

Many states are proposing short-term cuts in P-12 education spending. This StateNote provides examples of potential budget cuts in five areas: (1) capital and building expenditures; (2) textbooks, supplies and equipment; (3) salaries and benefits; (4) staffing of non-teaching positions; and (5) instructional and support programs and services. The report also indicates where funds are being added or reallocated, and where states are considering creative approaches to preserve or expand P-12 education programs and services.

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