Looking Back, Looking Forward: How the Economic Downturn Continues to Impact School Districts

Source: Robert S. McCord, Noelle M. Ellerson, American Association of School Administrators, March 2009

From the press release:
Schools across the nation are planning significant cuts in their 2009-10 school year budgets, in spite of some $100 billion in education funding included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to a new study from the American Association of School Administrators. The study, “Looking Back, Looking Forward: How the Economic Downturn Continues to Impact School Districts,” is based on a survey of school administrators conducted in February and March 2009.

According to the new study, the impact of the economic downturn on schools is widespread and has worsened over the past six months. Seventy-five percent of administrators who responded to the survey described their districts as “inadequately funded.” That percentage has increased eight points since October 2008, when 67 percent of administrators described their districts as “inadequately funded” in the “AASA Study of the Impact of the Economic Downturn.” In both studies, the downturn reached across districts, regardless of geographic area, district type (rural, suburban or urban) or district size.

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