The ceremony came after a tumultuous May in which the district laid off its teachers and closed for two weeks when it couldn’t meet payroll. The district reopened after the state agreed to release $400,000 it had withheld to make up for earlier overpayments.
The call was part of a stepped-up effort to press Congress to approve the 10-year program, which would finance preschool expansion by raising billions of dollars with an increase in the cigarette tax. But there is little sign that the Republican-controlled House is ready to approve such a tax to expand preschool.
Education officials plan to vote on what critics are calling a 'doomsday' budget, a proposal that would force city schools to open next fall without resources like assistant principals, guidance counselors, athletics, and music programs.
A review by the state has found that the 14,000-student district will end the current school year with a $17.7-million deficit. Without scaling back, the district will exhaust the remainder of the $55-million loan and other funds next year and will be unable to fund the school year in fall 2014.
Every state except for North Dakota and Wyoming has cut funding for higher education since 2008, and nationwide state spending for public colleges is down 28 percent in the 2013 fiscal year, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Department of Defense schools will start the next academic year on time, despite employees having to take up to 11 days of unpaid leave through the end of the fiscal year. The furloughs will necessitate, however, five-day shutdowns during the next school term.
The East Grand School District (Granby, Colo.) Board of Education is on track to pose a mill-levy ballot question in the November election. The tax will support technology maintenance and upgrades for all schools in the district.
Delaware lawmakers crafting the state’s budget approved nearly $5 million for education technology, answering calls from public school superintendents who argued last fall that schools are not keeping pace with testing demands and too few workers are available to service tech systems.