Threatened with budget cuts from falling tax revenues on one hand and unprecedented expenses on the other, superintendents are faced with difficult decisions regarding layoffs and program cuts this fall.
While some states are now revising budget projections and making plans to rework the numbers, others have stayed silent on whether, or how deeply, K-12 will take a hit. Some leaders have claimed their districts will be shielded, at least for the time being, from the economic crisis by healthy reserves and budgets.
Marguerite Roza, director of the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University, said in a webinar Thursday that this “mixed messaging” could factor in to federal bailout decisions. And if states choose to alter their budgets down the road, districts that didn’t plan ahead could be left in a bind.