Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools face $140M budget shortfall

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fairfax County Public Schools are facing a $140 million budget shortfall, a disparity expected to lead to deep cuts in staffing and educational programs, officials say.

Unable to keep pace with growing enrollment and increasing costs, schools are facing a deficit that could translate into staff cuts and furloughs, the elimination of foreign language instruction in elementary schools, and larger class sizes.

Superintendent Dr. Karen Garza has only been on the job since July, but she says this is the most serious fiscal challenge the school system has ever faced. Higher enrollment and health insurance costs, and the loss of millions of dollars in in state revenue are all adding up, and funding just can't keep up.

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